Weekly Progress: GTD.

IMG_0130.JPGThis week has been chock-full of family things that have needed doing. Planned family things, but things nonetheless. Non-weaving things.

I may do a bit of weaving over the next two weeks before Renegade, but I’ve enjoyed a week away from the physical process. I’m doing other important things, and that’s what matters. I did dress a hound scarf this week (seen above in crummy iPad photo on the right). Casey is working away at twirling the scarf ends for me. I mostly cooked a ton of food and set up the makings of a real meal planning system. I had everything prepped and pre-cut each night and it was wonderful. I have almost no energy after about 4 pm, so getting everything together before night time to be ready to be thrown in the oven at 5pm has been great.

I just started implementing the full-stop GTD system this afternoon. I was waiting for file folders and my label maker to arrive from Staples (which it did Tuesday night) and then I spent two days thinking that it was all too overwhelming and I just couldn’t do any of it. As usual, the 20 minute timer wins. Today I set my timer and went to work.

One of the first things you do in GTD is get all of your unfinished thoughts and physical loose-ends in one place. At the beginning, that one place is on blank 8.5″x11″ printer paper. I sat down for ten minutes and thought I had everything well and cleared out of my brain, a process that produced a 3/4″ stack of paper. I came back to it an hour later on the couch, horizontal and pencil in hand. The stack on top in the photo above is what poured out of my mind. If you can’t tell, that’s about a 1/4-inch pile of individual thoughts and things. A one inch-thick stack of unfinished things ranging from something as simple as “stock up on cranberries at the store” to “get a Ph.D. in astrophysics?” Tomorrow I’ll start processing these thoughts in true GTD fashion: one at a time, and then into folders and onto lists. Waiting For, Errands, @Home, @Computer, @Calls, Next Actions, etc.

It occurred to me today that my advice for anyone who wants to build a tiny house is to please read Getting Things Done before you get started. GTD is for ANYONE who suffers from anxiety and a buzzing brain. GTD is for ANYONE with more than one project (or just one project) going at a time. Please read the book. It will change your life. I wish I’d taken a recommendation years ago and implemented the system then. But better late than never.

***After I wrote this post I received the galley proof of the Free Inquiry article I wrote. I’m supposed to write a bio. Gah! What? Any suggestions from anyone?

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3 Responses to Weekly Progress: GTD.

  1. Fluffykira says:

    I like your About Me page on here. You could dress it up a little bit if you want (make it slightly more formal, i.e. “Artisan Jessica Friday hails from San Antonio where she successfully runs her business, Jack Friday…” or leave it as is?

  2. Gtdagenda says:

    For implementing GTD you can use this web-application:


    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote and Google Calendar, and also comes with mobile version, and Android and iPhone apps.

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