Getting Things Done (GTD)

Getting Things Done (GTD) is a time/task/project management method developed by David Allen (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity)

Basic concepts

Basic idea is to free your mind by making lists that reminds you of doing things. There are 5 lists that need to be maintained and that are the backbone of tthe method: 1. In 2. Next Actions 3. Waiting For 4. Projects 5. Some day/maybe


This is where all ideas and tasks are captured the moment they occur. It sometimes it’s just called stuff. From the In, the ideas and task are processed continuously in the order they appeared in the list (first in, first out). Main question to be asked: is the idea or task actionable? If not, throw it away, keep it as reference material, put on the someday/maybe list. If it is actionable, decide what the next action should be and put it on the Next Actions list.

Next Actions

This list should only contain actionable items which can be executed .

Solution without tools

Using formating plain text files for GTD implementation, based on todo.txt. Priorities are indicated by capital letters in parenthese, (A) to (Z) Context is indicated with an @ symbol, for example: @phone Project are indicated with a + sign, for example +BookReview Tasks are label with any combination of priority, context and/or project. Rules o Each Task has it’s own line o If a task has a priority, it has to be listed first o Context and projects appear after priority and start date o Completed tasks are marked with an x and date of completion at the beginning of the task


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