Another chat between David Allen and Dave Edwards

John Forrister

GTD Connect
Staff member
Dave Edwards had another opportunity to ask David Allen about a variety of GTD topics. They begin with the Someday/Maybe list, and how to leverage that to improve your flow of creative ideas. Dave asks about prioritizing. David says it comes down to trusting your choices, and that's only possible when you have an externalized system for tracking your commitments. David also mentions that implementing GTD requires us to train cognitive muscles in ways that we were not taught in school. After they have officially closed the interview, David shows Dave his new reMarkable paper tablet, so of course we included that as a coda.

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mksilk2

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Great interview. It actually gave me a nudge in the right direction around someday/maybe lists for my work. I realised half way through the interview that I was hearing good ideas from my team but not capturing them. I think I was thinking in my head - ‘great idea let’s revisit when we have time’ and then the idea left the room.
Plus I have a reMarkable2 tablet so i was intrigued to hear what David had to say about the device.
 

John Forrister

GTD Connect
Staff member
Great interview. It actually gave me a nudge in the right direction around someday/maybe lists for my work. I realised half way through the interview that I was hearing good ideas from my team but not capturing them. I think I was thinking in my head - ‘great idea let’s revisit when we have time’ and then the idea left the room.
Plus I have a reMarkable2 tablet so i was intrigued to hear what David had to say about the device.
Your team is lucky that you are a GTD practitioner who is looking for better ways to use their talents.

I bet you will hear a lot of people saying, "Oh yeah, I know that one," about the fantasy of revisiting when we have time. It's so quick and easy to capture the idea in the moment — with no action commitment — and not so easy to get the idea back in the room after we've said, "No time for you now." Even in virtual meetings, I keep a hopper or parking lot to capture stuff that may not be directly on the agenda, which we may want to explore at another time. At the very least, the person who had the idea knows that she/he was heard and that ideas are welcome.

After losing lots of ideas I've gotten to where I carry a capture tool, even when it seems inconvenient, like on a jog in nature.

We almost left that reMarkable part off, because it came after the official close. But we all like to talk about software and hardware, and how it helps or hinders our productivity.
 
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