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Getting Things Done, for students February 7, 2007

Posted by Timothy Li in book, GTD, management, stress.

I started practicing David Allen’s GTD (Getting Things Done) time and stress management method 11 months ago.

It works.

If you have an overflow of tasks and they induce unnecessary stress, GTD is for you.

The full GTD targets at business professionals, it has 7 steps and 9 different task categories, each associated with an action.

My two motivations for simplifying the GTD method for students are:

1. the fully system is overly complicated for student needs, no we don’t have 100+ tasks at any given instance, we have 20 to 40 usually.

2. waterloo students require high mobility, we spend most of our working time at school and at libraries, everything has to fit into a school bag.

Here is the simplified GTD method:

  1. read the book first
  2. invest in a pocket notebook + calendar, I prefer a PDA with a to-do list + calendar
  3. try the simplified GTD below and tell me (or Mr. Allen) how it works for you




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