My journey with Outlook and GTD continues, and is settling into a nice routine at the level I have currently achieved.
I am sleeping much better, and heading into work each day with a clearer view of what it might contain!
I astounded a client project meeting the other day when the client side Project Manager said he had hundreds of unprocessed emails. He went on to speculate in front of the full project team that I must be in a similar position as a service provider PM. I took great delight in stating I clear my email inbox each day! and therefore always have a clear view of all the actions I need to take.
I have reverted to using my Filofax as my primary note taking tool for meetings, etc. I bought one day per page sheets and use those for my notes each day, which I transfer into Outlook daily. Side bar - I got 75% off from my stationer simply by pointing out at the checkout that the year is nearly half gone!
However, my frustrations with further tuning GTD to my workflow and tools continue:
- I still haven't got my GTD definitions right (for me), particularly Projects v Actions v Contexts;
- I still can't meaningfully view my tasks outside of my primary copy of Outlook (on my main laptop) which is an issue for a mobile worker like me who isn't always sitting in the same place in front of the same PC;
- I am still wading my way through my accumulated physical inboxes to extract all the projects and actions buried in them.
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