Category: How I GTD…

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The Value of Margin in Alumni/Development Work (and life!)

One of the most overlooked productivity hacks has to do with the concept of margin. That is, creating space in your workflow for not actively working on a project. That might seem counterintuitive, but building in empty space is actually integral to the overall project management process.

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How I GTD: What a “Mind Like Water” Can Do

A mind that is untroubled by worries over the various inputs of the day is free to respond to the needs of the moment, and then return to a state of calm. GTD is all about restoring the calm.

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How I GTD: My First Big Breakthrough

David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology is not about getting things done. It’s about clearing the mind so that one can focus on the needs of the moment.

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How I GTD: 5 Books I Put on My “Read Immediately List” in 2017

My “read immediately” list is far longer than what I will be able to get to in a lifetime, and that is how it should be. There were, however, some titles that made a real difference in 2017.

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How I GTD: Why I Now Use the Term “Balance” Instead of “Work-Life Balance”

Life is one indivisible whole, and to fragment it into discrete categories introduces a kind of needless schizophrenia. Instead of seeing work as this thing that is somehow at odds with everything else, we need to see what role it could/should play in enhancing all the other areas of life, so as to foster greater levels of happiness and fulfilment.

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How I GTD: Managing News Overload Part 2, The Processes and Tools I Use

Getting to the most useful and helpful content is a lot like panning for gold. There is much detritus to sift through in order to find the best reads. With the right tools, however, the process can be made fairly easy and even enjoyable.

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How I GTD: Managing News Overload Part 1, Four Rules to Follow

News feeds, blogs, websites, and print media are like an army that mounts a daily assault on your mind. We are constantly bombarded with “stuff,” much of which is poorly written and peppered with errors. With a few simple rules and the right tools, however, you can get control of the glut and increase the quality of what you read.

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How I GTD: My 5 “Nonnegotiables” For Task Management Apps

With so many task management applications available, selecting and settling on one can be both time-consuming and expensive. Before giving an app serious consideration, I find it helpful to get clear about what I absolutely must have in an application.