“Getting Things Done: My Experiences with Using GTD”

Hi, my name is Sara, and I am an Internet addict. (Shocked?) Some days I have no idea what I’m looking for or where I will find it. I know there is some site out there that will be a valuable resource. The exploring is half the fun. The other half is discovering a website that hits the spot. At first glance, this little website lacks the pizzazz of a major discovery. However, I assure you that this gem should not be overlooked. The usefulness of gtd.marvelz.com may not be evident at first. After all, another blog is just another blog, right? Wrong.

Having recently finished reading through David Allen’s Getting Things Done, I can relate to much of what this blog discusses. The author writes â€œâ€¦[I]t has changed my life in small and big ways. This blog is my attempt to share some of my experiences concerning GTD with you.” The entries began in January of 2007. My initial visit consisted of reading through the author’s blog entries. It was reassuring to discover that my beginnings with GTD were not dissimilar.

Just like the author I have managed to avoid the eventful In-Boxing of all my “stuff.” I’m not too concerned about it at this point which may come back to haunt me in the future. Also, the blogger describes several different attempts at implementing GTD, both digital and analog. Our home-away-from-home DIYPlanner.com is a great example of the changing and evolving needs of a GTD-er. We are constantly refining our systems to suit our individual situations. We are eager to read about new products or systems in hopes of finding that missing piece to our own organizational puzzle. Perhaps the author’s use of an Excel based system will be your piece.

It is the constantly shifting world of GTD that inspired the creation of the best feature of gtd.marvelz.com. Behold “The Ultimate Getting Things Done Index.” The name alone tickled my interest. Stumbling upon a website that has an ultimate index was quite gratifying. The index is a list of GTD related blogs and feeds across the Internet. Several online and offline tools to help implement and keep on track with David Allen’s methods are also listed. A new feature added at the beginning of this month shows the age of the listed blog items by change in colored text. Read more about the color-coding in this blog entry. Visually, viewers can pick out the newest GTD news. This resource is a great time saver for the GTD enthusiast in us all.

I always value sites that save time and energy. “The Ultimate Getting Things Done Index” is the kind of resource that will do just that. It is in essence a one-stop-shop for GTD news across the Internet. If the blog itself is not your cup of tea, perhaps the time saving aspects of the Index will entice you to visit if not add it to your Internet repertoire. Now if you will kindly excuse me, I have an addiction to pacify. ♥

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