My GTD Implementation


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Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter.

A favorite topic among GTDers is describing their GTD implementation. I won’t try and be a non-conformist here — I’ll jump on the bandwagon.

As with most GTDers, I’ve tried a number of different setups. That’ll be my next post. For now, let me describe my current setup:

  • Pocket notebook – I carry this around everywhere simply as a capture tool. Any thoughts, to-dos, projects, calendar stuff that I collect while I’m not at the computer gets captured in the notebook and transfered to my action lists or calendar later. I’ve also been experimenting with the PocketMod, and what I really want is a Moleskine pocket notebook, but I keep telling myself that the coolness of the Moleskine doesn’t justify its additional cost on top of the free notebooks I get at work.
  • Tracks – this beautiful program, written in Ruby on Rails, was written specifically for GTD, and after trying many other online and off-line apps, this is definitely the best. I use it for all of my context action lists, my someday/maybe list, my waiting-for list and my projects.
  • GCal – OK, I’m not the first GTDer to love Google Calendar, but it’s simply the best, and it takes care of all my calendaring needs. For hard landscape only.
  • Gmail – Another popular email app with GTDers, nothing else compares. It rocks.
  • Misc – Other than these main tools, I have an inbox at home and work, filing systems at both locations, and a very clean desk.

A few other posts on GTD implementations: