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@Computer & !@Computer

If I do 100% GTD that would be my two lists. I am a pathetic computer geek who played on computers for fun and then got a job in the computer industry. The only difference between what I do from 9 to 5 and 5 to 9 is whether my I am at home with my pets or at work with my coworkers. I don't travel. I don't spend time in waiting rooms or conference rooms between meetings with list of phone calls to make. I'm not a manger, so I don't even attend many meetings. I have very few distinct catagories to divide stuff up into. And one giant long list just turns into your run-of-the-mill ToDo list. I am at a loss how to apply GTD to my life when it is practically one big blob covering two standard deviations of what I do from the alarm waking me up to the alarm telling me it is time to go into hibernate mode.

Has anybody else felt like GTD seems to be for "executives" only?

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2 x (o), I like the...

2 x (o),

I like the 10 minute, 45 minute idea. Maybe @10, @30, @60, @2+ hours? Not sure. I'll toy with that a bit.

I've been tinkering with the idea of a few lists and then project lists.

@supermarket : For food, laundry soap, cat litter, etc. as I come across things I need.

@weekend: For things like do laundry, drive across town for pet food, clean the bathroom


and then project folders for all my projects, be they work or leisure.
- work: Mantis up & running
- work: research Operation Anaconda
- work: beta test COTA
- leisure: media PC
- leisure: CSO research
- leisure: BJ's MBX
- leisure: I-bExS

Each of the project folders will have a list of steps that need to get done with the next action at the top of the list.

I also have AD/HD, so I need to also integrate this with some kind of time management system. (I will forget to brush my teeth if it ain't on some schedule. Honestly.)

I also need to tell a neighbor to slap me upside the head with a Calphalon if I don't do a weekly review.




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