In the third episode of the Getting Things Done mini-course we now get to process all the things you captured from the previous “Capture” episode.
The key things to remember are:
- View your pile of “stuff” like a heap of commitments you have made to yourself that needs fulfilling either now or at the time of your choosing.
- The goal is to do things immediately or trash it or turn it into a project with a clearly visible and physical next action.
- Work through your heap from top to bottom. Don’t skip items unless you are dealing with a real emergency.
- If you can complete a task in one step or less than two minutes, then do it immediately.
- If you need to keep something for reference, then create a space for reference material.
- If you are not committed to the item or work, then trash it.
- If you are committed to the work but can’t complete it in one step or less than two minutes, then put it on a project list with a title that describes what success looks like and with the very next physical and visible action to take the project forward.
- Your project should be a list of finish lines with the very next action step for each one.
Remember that you don’t have to complete a project to get it out of your head.
Emptying your head of your commitments will give you room to think. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself.
Please note that Productivity Heaven has no affiliation with the David Allen company. This course is my take on the GTD system.
I recommend everyone buys and reads the original book, Getting Things Done, by David Allen. I also recommend the audio-book version – it’s excellent.