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Board highlights, 2006-01-31

Some of my favorite recent threads on the 43 Folders Messageboard are -- perhaps not surprisingly -- about Getting Things Done. Stop by and join the Talmudic discussions of everybody's favorite productivity system.

  • @Computer & !@Computer - Exploring how to use GTD contexts when you spend a lot of your day at a computer. A very common dilemma shared by your host.
  • "GTD Lite" - How far can you strip down GTD and still maintain the core practices?
  • the essence of GTD - What's the most important or defining aspect of GTD? I suspect most peoples' answers change over time.
  • What's your "Trusted System" - I love hearing how people are doing GTD -- especially to see the evolution to something simpler and simpler.
  • How to implement GTD for university students - I wish GTD had existed in the middle ages when I went to college. Good tips here for students looking to get it together. (Reminder: go back-up your thesis right now)

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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