Exactly! And he did a great job! Probably the best collection and selection of common sense that has ever been made in this field! And not only that:TesTeq;111698 said:... someone had to gather best practices in one place and this person happened to be David Allen.
Fine, but stop deleting your posts, they leave the conversation disjointed and worthless.bcmyers2112;111696 said:It's intellectually dishonest of me to regurgitate what you can just as easily get from reading one of DA's books when I can't put together a sustainable GTD system worth a tinker's damn.
"Hey, anyone want to talk about GTD?"Roger;111701 said:There are a lot worse sins, myers, than showing up in the GTD Forums and saying "Hey anyone want to talk about GTD?"
This recommendation is based on the notion that most of us overestimate what we can do during a day. In case of hardly scheduled actions many of us have to rewrite their schedules everyday. Moving non-time-critical items outside the calendar (to @context lists) is a common sense remedy for this problem. But it creates another problem - some people ignore their context lists and nothing is done...Folke;111700 said:1) Generally avoid stringing things up on a timeline or time based sequence (either calendar or priority sequence). Instead, keep it as open as possible and allow the situation (context, energy etc) to influence your selection of what to do now. Record hard (external/objective) facts and dates and sequences only - do not use such measures for mere planning purposes. This is highly controversial. I love it. Many others do, too. Probably even more people in the world distinctly hate it or at least seriously distrust it - this is definitely not an undisputed part of the world's common sense and goes against what time management advocates have been touting for at least half a century.
Thinking is a hard work. David Allen recommends to do it at least once a week - during the Weekly Review. For me it is more than common sense - it is a giant step in everybody's personal development: to implement a habit to stop (at least once a week) and think.Folke;111700 said:2) Review your stuff not just as a matter of keeping your records up to date, but as an active and regular/reliable part part of your creative planning process. I love it, and so do many others, but it is not undisputed common sense. It goes against the more common inclination to "simplify" the planning process by stringing things up on a timeline etc once and for all and simply sticking to it (and revise it only as needed).
I've heard that David works on a new clarified edition of the GTD book. I hope he reads our discussions - at least to learn where are the problems in understanding his methodology.Folke;111700 said:The "creationist" tendency that I sometimes feel uncomfortable with is whenever I think I am reading between the lines that all the common sense that GTD represents was somehow "invented" and laid down to us in 2001 and is the ultimate common sense to which no improvements can be made or even be allowed. My personal view is that GTD is only a milestone in an ongoing and never ending evolution. The common sense contained within GTD not only must be clarified and enhanced, it inevitably will be - by someone, somewhere. And it is then essential that the distinguishing parts of GTD's brand of common sense (1 and 2 above) are particularly well clarified and enhanced. I would have preferred it if the GTD community and Davidco were the key drivers of that evolution.
There is a great scientific paper worth reading Getting Things Done: The Science behind Stress-Free Productivity:bcmyers2112;111710 said:What I mean is that since reading the book in 2007 I haven't read, heard, or seen anything so earth-shattering as to supplant GTD as the best productivity guide on the market. Yet I can't discount the possibility that some new technology, some new discovery about the human brain, or something else is just on the horizon, waiting to upset the proverbial apple cart and force us to re-think everything.
Francis Heylighen and Clément Vidal said:Abstract: Allen (2001) proposed the “Getting Things Done” (GTD) method for personal productivity enhancement, and reduction of the stress caused by information overload. This paper argues that recent insights in psychology and cognitive science support and extend GTD’s recommendations. We first summarize GTD with the help of a flowchart. We then review the theories of situated, embodied and distributed cognition that purport to explain how the brain processes information and plans actions in the real world. The conclusion is that the brain heavily relies on the environment, to function as an external memory, a trigger for actions, and a source of affordances, disturbances and feedback. We then show how these principles are practically implemented in GTD, with its focus on organizing tasks into “actionable” external memories, and on opportunistic, situation-dependent execution. Finally, we propose an extension of GTD to support collaborative work, inspired by the concept of stigmergy.
GTD works for me. Like a pen. Like a sheet of paper. Like the Moleskine notebook. Or like a good hammer. I can achieve my goals using these tools. They are good enough so I have no motivation to "push the envelope" in a stationery business or to invent a better hammer or to extend "cannonical" GTD.bcmyers2112;111710 said:Folke and TesTeq, I think both of you have a piece of the puzzle. Like TesTeq I think DA did a great job of putting together something that holds up just fine to this day. Like Folke I see no reason why we can't keep pushing the envelope. I'm not even sure the two of you actually disagree. It's like you're looking at the same prism but different facets.
There is no harm for us but for Folke...? ;-)bcmyers2112;111715 said:But if people like Folke want to attempt to push or redefine the boundaries, I see no harm to the rest of us.
I do not agree it's a big problem, or a problem at all.Folke;111744 said:As I said, and as TesTeq also said, people may fear (and often do fear, it seems) that they will overlook important things if they do not put them on their calendar. Now, that's a shame, isn't it. If even people who have wholeheartedly bought into the idea of staying "opportunistic" and make the best use of each moment (context, energy etc) do not dare to do so for fear that their important stuff will "drown" on long, daunting lists, then couldn't we (GTD adherents) agree that this is indeed a big problem?
GTD said:Three things go on your calendar:
* time-specific actions;
* day-specific actions; and
* day-specific information.
These two quotes from GTD, pg 39 and pg 40, lead me to believe the practice is entirely-consistent with and recommended by vanilla GTD.GTD said:Day-Specific Information: The calendar is also the place to keep track of things you want to know about on specific days -- not necessarily actions you'll have to take but rather information that maybe useful on a certain date.
Actually I think what Folke is referring to is the habit of falling back on daily to-do lists, which wouldn't be consistent with by-the-book GTD. Although I have no idea whether doing so in reaction to "daunting" context lists is a real or widespread phenomenon.Roger;111745 said:These two quotes from GTD, pg 39 and pg 40, lead me to believe the practice is entirely-consistent with and recommended by vanilla GTD.
You've graduated; congratulations. Seriously the most insightful thing I've read all week.bcmyers2112;111746 said:When my lists hold only those things I've truly clarified and know I need to or really want to do, they don't feel daunting no matter how long they are. Whereas unclarified stuff feels repellent no matter how short the lists.
Let me get this straight: Are you saying that, in your interpretation, GTD is no different than any other time management methodology? That basically you can put virtually anything you like on your calendar?Roger;111745 said:I do not agree it's a big problem, or a problem at all.
These two quotes from GTD, pg 39 and pg 40, lead me to believe the practice is entirely-consistent with and recommended by vanilla GTD.