Does GTD work?
June 17, 2010 4:38 AM Subscribe
Does David Allen's personal management system, Getting Things Done,
really work? Is there a better organizational system for a teacher?
posted by boots77 to Work & Money (21 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
I am really interested in starting an organizational system that helps me focus the myriad shards of information and little tasks of my teacher life (and personal life) into some clear, focused system that makes me feel confident that I have a handle on everything that needs to get done. More than believing that things will get done in a system, I need to see my email inbox diminish. I need to have the stacks of miscellaneous paper around on my desk and near my computer sorted through and dealt with. I need to eliminate the anxiety of knowing that I have to complete several tasks at the same time with no real order to proceed. I want to stop apologizing to people for issues related to my lack of organization. However, I don't want to start a system that sounds good but doesn't really deliver.
So GTD gurus, I have read the first chapter of David Allen's book. Is it for real? Does anyone really last more than a year with this system? Have you switched to another more sensible system after trying GTD? Is there something newer and better? I am committed to trying a system and sticking with it, but I want to make sure that the system that I choose has at least worked for someone out there. Any other advice anyone? Thanks.