Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter.
A favorite topic among GTDers is describing their GTD implementation. I won’t try and be a non-conformist here — I’ll jump on the bandwagon.
As with most GTDers, I’ve tried a number of different setups. That’ll be my next post. For now, let me describe my current setup:
- Pocket notebook – I carry this around everywhere simply as a capture tool. Any thoughts, to-dos, projects, calendar stuff that I collect while I’m not at the computer gets captured in the notebook and transfered to my action lists or calendar later. I’ve also been experimenting with the PocketMod, and what I really want is a Moleskine pocket notebook, but I keep telling myself that the coolness of the Moleskine doesn’t justify its additional cost on top of the free notebooks I get at work.
- Tracks - this beautiful program, written in Ruby on Rails, was written specifically for GTD, and after trying many other online and off-line apps, this is definitely the best. I use it for all of my context action lists, my someday/maybe list, my waiting-for list and my projects.
- GCal - OK, I’m not the first GTDer to love Google Calendar, but it’s simply the best, and it takes care of all my calendaring needs. For hard landscape only.
- Gmail - Another popular email app with GTDers, nothing else compares. It rocks.
- Misc - Other than these main tools, I have an inbox at home and work, filing systems at both locations, and a very clean desk.
See also: a beginner’s guide to GTD.
A few other posts on GTD implementations:
- Patrick Rhone: Backpack GTD implementation
- Jason’s Rantings: My GTD Implementation
- Davidco forum: Ultra-minimal GTD implementation
- 43 Folders forum: How to implement GTD for university students
- What’s the Next Action: Using Backpack and GTD
- OrganizeIT: Tweaking your GTD implementation
- Email Zen: Clear Out Your Inbox
- 5 Ways GTD Helps You Achieve Your Goals
- Beginners Guide to GTD
- Mind Like Water
- How to Do the Weekly Review in Under an Hour
- Weekly Review: Key to GTD and Achieving Goals
- Tips for GTD’s Ubiquitous Capture
- Cranking Widgets: Turning Your Work into Stress-free Productivity
- Why is GTD So Popular?