Getting back to the GTD Basics Part 5 – Just do it

Previously we have done the following: Done a mind sweep; Processed our in-trays; Reviewed our projects; What’s next? Actually doing something. This seems obvious but being able to get things done is the reason we spend time organizing tasks into our system. Having the ability to focus on one thing without random thoughts creeping in to interrupt our flow. There is nothing so satisfying as being ‘in the zone’ on a task or project and realizing how much more you…
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Productivity

Checklists in Evernote

Checklists provide a way to bring order to a confusing collection of tasks we may have. There are many different todo list managers available, but many people prefer to try and keep these lists in the same system as they collect their data. Evernote is a frequently used system and with the addition of the checklist feature many people are now using it for their lists. From Evernote’s own instructions here is how to create…
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Planning ahead makes things calmer.

It is the time of year when I know that even though I was raised in Canada, I was born in England. For it is the time of year when the desire to get outside and start to garden starts to stir. Alas as I look out there is at least 2-3 feet of snow on the ground and a -20 windchill that is not very conductive to growing. One can temporary put this at…
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4 Ways to be productive when you least expect it.

Sometimes life can deliver opportunities for you to have some non-scheduled productive time which you can take advantage of. The question is: are you ready for when they appear? Two examples: 1. A scheduled meeting is cancelled and you have a windows of time with nothing scheduled. 2. You forgot that your vehicle was due for a service and you have to get it done today, but that will mean waiting an hour in the waiting room. In this times you can be quite productive…
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