Before Christmas things were getting busier and more hectic and I knew if I didnâ€™t want to be stressing about my workload I had to review my system. For me, the way forward was to develop my own system incorporating ideas from other people as well as things that already worked for me. No one else know how my mind works or my working and home environments, therefore I do not believe that anyone elseâ€™s system can be implemented â€˜as isâ€™ into my life.
I started by rereading the three books mentioned in my previous post and wrote down all the key points on paper and just collected them. I then started analysing the information, looking for the key points and any similarities where the different methods could work together.
I went through the information, making a list of the sections I wanted in my organiser and ideas about methodology. The sections followed the Getting things done principal closely, with diary, ASAP list, waiting for, projects and someday maybe. Whereas there were more Do it tomorrow ideas on the methodology including filling tomorrow’s diary with tasks arising today and incorporating a backlog. I then produced a draft layout of each section.
Now I knew what I wanted from a system it was just deciding what format it should be.