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    Does anyone use any “full” GTD strategy? I can’t imagine being busy enough to need all of this. I’ve been getting by with a combination of the “do it now if it takes less than two minutes” rule, saying “no” to various projects and engagements when possible and advantageous (I learned this from the book Essentialism, the only “self-help” book I’ve been able to read all the way through), and an old-fashioned todo list.

    I’ll admit I’m quite young in both age and career progression, but these programs seem a bit daunting.

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      I tried the full GTD, but never got to a stage where I used it for my whole life, as the book pretends. On the other hand, some ideas coming from it have been very useful:

      • Redact todo’s as actionable items (not vague descriptions). This eases taking actions.
      • Use a calendar for things that have to be done on a certain date.
      • The “tickler file” to forget about things until later (I use a hidden calendar that reminds me by mail on the date only).
      • The “out of sight, out of mind” principle. Leave it written in a trusted place so you can forget when you go home.
      • The “zero inbox” principle. Trash and/or archive without mercy all things that you don’t need to act on.

      Even if you don’t implement the full method, many of their ideas are quite useful and common sense.

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        I don’t do full GTD, however I have gotten stricter about how I organize my time as my career has progressed. I generally have quite a bit of different stuff going on at the same time and small bits of information to keep track of. I’m a pretty heavy user of org-mode for it.