My experience: Getting Things Done

Written by Briana Cavanaugh

October 9, 2008

I’ve talked a bit about “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. I did implement his system and I thought you’d like to know how it went for me. So here’s a piece of my personal journal that I’ve edited and transcribed here.

“Last week I got the bottom of the 4th stack of Inbox stuff. Entered in Omni Focus, filed, calendared, put away. (Omni Foucs is a program that was written for use with Getting Things Done and was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received)
I didn’t know things could change so much and that I could really let go of holding everything in my head.

“My desk has become a working space rather than storage. I feel confident that I’m holding all the pieces and that I can get to them all. I won’t loose them. My computer files are backed up in case something does happen to it. (Thank you to Mozy)

“I found art from camp, important development work, books that have been missing, and cleared out places for old client files and documents that have been waiting to be filed for what seems like years. It’s enabled me to do calendaring much further in advance because I know what I need to do and know that it’s held in the calendar.

“It feels not just like I’ve cleaned something, but that I’ve made a fundamental change in the way that I’m viewing my work and working process. I started applying this to the rest of the house already and it’s going to get all the stuff off my plate a piece at a time because in addition to doing the work, I don’t have to hold the organizing in my head as well. It’s really freeing up a lot of brain space

“The cost of this system: Omni Focus is $80 (Outlook has very similar functionality, if you know how to use it) , Getting Things Done by David Allen $15, inbox, $4, upright file holder, $3, new rolling shelves (not necessary for the system, just for me) $40, new insert for additional cabinet drawer, $8, box of manilla filing folders $6, and time. That’s $156. I already had the filing cabinets and hanging file folders. The time it’s actually taken me is a couple of hours a few days a week for the last 2 weeks. Plus 6 hours of reading and re-reading.

“This is a very useful system that don’t require a ton of cash or a ton of time. Just focus and consistency and it creates that in its use.”

What I’m finding is that in having a system that I’m sticking to it’s revolutionizing my life. Creating time and ease in places that I’ve been holding. Needless to say, I highly recommend this system!

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