Imagine having so much to do, such an unfathomable amount of work to get done, that just thinking about the volume of tasks actually prevents you getting on with it. Sound familiar? The Getting Things Done methods aims to organise and store these tasks away from your mind, so that you can overlook your workload rationally.
#2 Getting Things Done
Another time management method, this time created by David Allen.
The simple goal of the method is to get organised, get efficient, and get your stuff done. But obviously, if it were that easy, you wouldn’t be reading up on productivity tips on the Internet.
So there are five pillars to this method.
• Capture everything there is to do, every idea, every to-do list, and get it in to a planner, notepad, or whichever you prefer.
• Clarify the different steps to each task.
• Organise the items by category and priority, with due dates.
• Reflect on what’s been completed, and what needs to be taken on next.
• Engage in your next task, and get stuck in!
Interestingly, Allan identifies six categories of focus, which he neatly compares to the stages of a plane taking off - if, like me, the thought of flying makes you queasy, feel free to think up another analogy. So, your tasks and projects are organised from the runway (your current actions) to the plane at its highest point (gulp), which is a wider perspective of life in general.
The essence of the whole idea is to physically arrange your tasks so that your mind isn’t distracted by complex, overlapping priorities. Give it a go – this type of method would be particularly useful when revising for multiple exams, or completing projects in different topic areas. Read more about it here, and remember to watch out for our next article in the Productivity series.