Let’s face it. My record at getting things done is not exemplary. If you looked up procrastinator in the dictionary, you would most certainly not find my picture, because I never managed to send it in. On the other hand, I desperately want to be productive. There are so many things I want to do, that I can’t find the time to do them, and when I can, I can’t think of what to do!
A few years ago, I was introduced—mostly through this dude—to the GTD phenomenon. As seems to be the case with a lot of GTD’ers, I’ve flirted with a few different implementations of the system. I was obsessed for a while, also, with ubiquitous access to my crucial data—email and calendaring—so this would be a crucial part of any GTD system for me as well.
When I first found Remember the Milk, I dismissed it as a limited, web-based to-do list. Over time I heard and saw more positive mentions in GTD circles, and eventually, after attempting to setup my own linux command-line-and-text-file based system (more on that later), decided to give RTM a shot. A couple of items (I think the first and fourth) in the list at the bottom of this post set me on the path of a workable, personalized GTD implementation. I’ve continued to tweak it a bit, and feel like I’ve arrived at a system that works well for me (when I remember to use it—funny how that works, eh?). Anyway, enough setup, let’s get started.