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Posted: Jan 16, 2012

Ha, Emily,
I wish there were a hook from paper to plastic... I mean from my GTD planner to my phone calendar. I use the phone for reminders with data (conference call info and reminders, birthdays, anniversaries for employees and clients etc.) I had a phone that crashed twice and I lost EVERYTHING stored in it after I'd migrated completely to my phone and I'm really gun shy to move back to electronic tracking.

I also just like to see everything at a glance and my BlackBerry's screen is WAY too small for good weekly viewing at a glance.

So now I haul around my GTD planner bought at the local office supply store for an overwhelming $60. (most of it for the fancy leather 3-ring binder!) But I do love the sections and agendas by person. I wasn't keeping lists by person and client/account before GTD. I use it heavily but I don't want to rewrite the data that people email so I use the paper for a reminder to check the phone.

Great conversation.

Posted: Jan 05, 2012
From Topic: Procrastination help

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well,neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." - Zig Ziglar

I LOVE GTD by David Allen. It is hard to set a new habit of reviewing all of your neat new lists but the part I enjoy most is what an earlier poster said about breaking down projects into next action steps. Then I keep the project on the back burner while making progress regularly toward it.

Also, I find just getting it out of my head and onto paper is valuable for getting to sleep faster without my mind racing through whatever I "forgot" to do that day.

The other part of his system I enjoy was also cited by Jim Rohn in his book 7 strategies of wealth and happiness. They both said to keep pages on people you interact with regularly and bullets of your last conversations. this has helped me tremendously with managing a large staff. I review their page right before I meet with them or when they call I open my planner to their page and jot quick notes. hugely helpful.

Posted: Jan 05, 2012

I haven't read Roman Timetable but agree with mco that I really like David Allen's GTD system. Prioritizing on the fly based on context works much better for me. I do incorporate some of Covey's ideas like his urgency table that tells you to consider whether something is urgent and important.

He reminds you that if you let the "tyranny of the urgent" trample your long term goals you won't achieve them because you will spend too much time putting out fires and not enough planning and executing higher-value tasks.