Category Archives: GTD

GTD notebook calculator

Today I’ve stumbled upon a great post on The Art of Manliness site: How to make a moleskine PDA. Not that there are not other great posts on the subject, but this one has two things that grabbed my attention.

First – this is the idea of having blank stamps in front/on the back of the notebook for writing notes/ideas without even having to open the notebook! – I think this is pretty neat idea and I’m going to try it.

The second interesting thing that is mentioned in the article is about a GTD notebook calculator. This is a flash application that can help you deciding how to split the notebook for the different contexts that you need. It has a saving option, so you can update the notebook layout later if you find out that certain sections are oversized or does not fit in the current allocated pages. That way the next notebook that you start using will be better divided and that way will be better utilized 🙂

Have fun!

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GTD and mail filters

I was cleaning my INBOX some weeks ago when I’ve decided to give the GTD idea a try and I found an interesting fact – you do not need mail filters.

Why? I use filters in general to move different messages depending on sender or subject to certain folders upon receiving, but given the GTD idea that EVERY mail message must be processed, these filters seems to contradict with it.

How can one be certain that a message will be processed if it is delivered within a folder “Customers -> Very Important Customer” ? If it is in the INBOX I will definitely notice it, decide what to do with it and just after that move it to the respective folder. That is why I decided to remove all my mail filters after the initial INBOX cleaning and now nothing can escape from my eyes 🙂 That way you also pro actively delete all non important/not needed emails that otherwise just end up in some folder and you never read them.

Now that is the way I like my email – an empty INBOX folder with not a single message left behind.

P.S. It took me a total of 1 hour to clean up the INBOX initially with 8 months of emails in it – so don’t be scared it is not that hard – DO IT NOW!

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