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OmniFocus, GTD, and You!

Posted by Aaron West at 10:00 AM in Productivity, ColdFusion, OmniFocus, GTD

Perhaps you've been hearing about GTD for a while now. Maybe you've even read some of my posts on this topic. But for some reason you didn't do yourself the favor of picking up the book and changing your organizational habits. I certainly recommend you read Allen's book if you want to understand the full concept of GTD. I've even found reading the book two, three, or four times to be immensely helpful. However, there are things you can do to test the GTD waters without going through the book.

The Omni Group, makers of the popular OmniFocus software, have released a free PDF that serves as a crash course in the bare essentials of GTD and how GTD is applied in OmniFocus. It does have a very direct spin towards the use of OmniFocus on the Mac but it's a great read nonetheless. If you're struggling to find the time to read the entire Getting Things Done book, download the PDF and see if it's the jumpstart you need.

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This entry was posted by Aaron West on October 14, 2009 at 10:00 AM. It was filed in the following categories: Productivity, ColdFusion, OmniFocus, GTD. It has been viewed 4798 times and has 2 comments.

2 Responses to OmniFocus, GTD, and You!

  1. dave's Gravatar dave

    I have Things, The Hit List, Pagico and something else and my problem is I can't remember to add the things to be done in the gtd apps to remind me not to forget them in the first place!!!

  2. @Dave - I think everyone struggles with getting "stuff" out of their head and into a trusted system. I still battle this every single day! The key to making a change of this magnitude is practice and discipline. You can't flip a switch and expect to always remember to log your actions in your system, but through continued practice and ultimately discipline it does get easier and easier. When I first got into GTD I was pretty good about logging actions but over time I began to slack off. After forcing myself to log stuff for one day I then did it for two days, then three etc. Once I realized the very real benefits of recording tasks - and likewise the real organizational killer of NOT recording them - I had more incentive to do so.

    Keep at it, work a day at a time, and it will become 2nd nature.

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