Why GTD?

Because, “…the mind, which has incredible momentum, will draw you along like a wild river” (Eckhart Tolle).

The Getting Things Done (GTD) system introduces a friendly method that helps to significantly alleviate “wild river” mind. The philosophy of the author, David Allen, is congruent with my own values: helping people to get clear, feel better about the state of their lives, and to be overall both more effective and more at east.

Most people have been in some version of this mental stress state so consistently, for so long, that they don’t even know they’re in it. Like gravity, it’s ever-present–so much so that those who experience it usually aren’t even aware of the pressure. […] Can you get rid of that kind of stress? You bet. The rest of this book will explain how. – Getting Things Done (2003) p 23

Getting Started with GTD

Good news: all you need to begin GTD today is a used book. You’ve likely got paper and pencils around, and folders. A (smooth moving, easily accessible) file drawer system can wait until you’re ready for that step. But wait, it’s even easier than that! The GettingThingsDone.com site has five simple getting started steps already listed, and lots of additional resources.

By the way, when you’ve run out of reusable office supply products, be sure to buy 100% post-consumer paper products, or non-tree paper, and keep the plastic to a dull roar or absent all together. Look for eco-friendly options at your major office supply provider (and ask them directly when you can’t find something so they know customers want green products), or check out The Green Office.

Note: I haven’t asked the GTD company if their products are eco-friendly or not. I recommend asking about that before purchasing their notepads, etc.