GTD at work – week 2

So today was basically the end of week 2 of trying out GTD at work. My desk is pretty clean now, and my files are labelled and organized. I’m keeping track of my projects and action items in Notes, in the To-Do section, per the GTD and Lotus Notes doc from DavidCo.

I’m still a long way from cleaning up my Lotus Notes e-mail inbox, though. In the past, I’ve basically used a system where I flag any actionable items using Notes follow-up flags, and just leave everything in my inbox. What I’m trying to do now is go through my inbox for 2007 (2006 is archived in a separate database) and either move messages to a reference folder, delete them, or put them in an “action” folder. My plan is to continue using the Notes follow-up flags (to indicate priority, at least), but to try and get a functional folder system going so that I can get that inbox to empty. I’m not terribly worried about getting to empty real soon, since I’ve already got myself well-trained to either (1) act on a message immediately or (2) mark it for follow-up. I’ve been doing that for a couple of years now, so it’s not like there are a bunch of actionable items hidden amongst the 5000 messages in my inbox. Anything that’s actionable is already flagged.

I took at shot at my second weekly review today, too, but it was a half-hearted effort. I’ve been fighing allergies for the last few days, and I’m just out of it. And I’m still way behind on a number of projects. I’m taking steps to try and get things moving, but there’s still a lot to do.

Well, I suppose this post was more of a “personal journal” entry than a useful blog post that others might find interesting, but I felt I needed to write it, just to review this stuff myself, and get it out of my head.

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