Friday, February 27, 2015

Processing things.

So now the question comes about how to utilize these new found tools. Or at least how I do so.

This is my current thought process about how I cut down on the number of things I drop on the floor.

I'm trying to work within the GTD process and in moving towards the utopian view it offers I've been trying to wrangle the mess of the rocks rattling around in my brain. What I'm doing now is when one of those bolts of idea lightning strikes, I scribble (more accurate than facitious) down enough to anchor the idea on a quick notes page like this:

I'll scribble down something like "send dave link to aircraft thing" which tells me all I need so that the idea never gets lost in the shuffle. It will sit on this page until I get time to decide what to do with it. It might be one of those "Do it now in less than two minutes." items or it might be the tip of the tail of a dragon that requires lots of planning and steps.

When I get time to sit and process this crap, I'll decide if it's worth keeping, which happens at times, if it's a personal item or a work related item. (I might just be on a fools errand trying to keep the two separated but I have to try.) So, if it's something to  do with work it goes on a "ToDo" list which looks like this:
Here I collect all those things that otherwise might escape. This list includes stuff that aren't even available for doing such as "Wash and scrub porch chairs." which ain't gonna happen until the five feet of [bleep][bleepity][bleep] snow melt. However, I won't forget it this way.

When one of those ideas becomes viable or I can spend time creating a project for it and figuring out all the steps that might be needed or I put it onto a "Next Actions" queue page.

These extra steps are required for me so that my silly ADD brain doesn't go awry any more than it does.

That's it for now, I'm going to move on. I'll revisit this as needed.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Changes for "Next Action" form.

So, to make the information a bit more useful, I changed my "Next Action" form to include a date added, completed, due and a context space.

Now they look like this:

It already seems to work better but I think the small font is too small.

Further adventures in organizer pages.

So, I decided to take a shot at creating a page to keep track of phone calls and got this.
So far, works great. :)

This is fun!

These are 5.5x8.5 sheets. If you want a  copy, let me know.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Melding into the GTD world.

So, now, following the GTD methodology I'm trying to work away from the ToDo list and into a more organized approach.

First, I create a project page for anything that requires multiple steps. Here's the one I've drawn up.

I fill in the steps that I think are going to be required for the project to come to completion.

Then, I take the next step from that list and I put it into a Next Action page:

So, if I've got three projects with four next actions (one project could have two tasks done side by side) I'll put those next actions onto this page.

Then I create a list of all my projects just so I have them referenced in one place:
I'm still massaging the project page and I'm still learning how to implement the GTD method in my life.

More as things happen.

Comment if you feel the urge.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

An experiment with Libre/Open office drawings.

I figured I'd try my hand at making some new stationary for myself just "because".

I came up with some of fun items using images from Firefly.

Here's my first:
I like it so much I tried it with a couple of different pictures.
 This is sorta fun!
Once I refine my process a bit I'll post how I did it.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

More changes to my planner.

This is a minor one but to me important.

I got industrious and created these two dividers.

They're made from pretty much ordinary materials. The body is card stock. The label was created with a Brother P-Touch labeler.

To make them easy to move around I cut a simple little slot with a pair of scissors so that I can move them in and out as needed.

The one part that's not "ordinary" is the reinforcement strip that I put in to keep them rigid as you can see here.

The piece of fiberglass was something that I got from some surplus that I found at work. I'll try and get the specs on it when we dig out of the snow and I go into the office.

It's thin material that you can rip if you really put your muscles into it and it's easy to cut with a pair of scissors.

More as it develops.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My Classified pages.

I mentioned that I created a "Classified" page blank that I can use for what I want which looks like this:

The grid on the bottom part comes off and I print the blank page with the heading and a footer. I then take it and reprint onto it some of my handy phone numbers. Here's what one of them looks like in use:

That's it for now, more thoughts as I move along.

Feb 11, 2015.

Here's what my "Emergency" number listing looks like: