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New Job GTD?

I'm starting a new job in a week, and will naturally fall into some GTD tendencies in the workplace. My current job is such where there is little need for GTD - sad but true. So my experience is limited to my home and personal life. Has anyone experienced having to fill an established job and have tried to implement GTD into it?
I know that the office's mail is logged and stored in a database -- a bit GTD (score!) so this might be a starting point. As an immediate solution, I'm planning on putting a big inbox at my desk and seeing what happens. In any case, I know it will fill, and I know what to do with it after that...

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At least you are starting...

At least you are starting from scratch!

What sort of job are you taking? I just started a new job (1 month ago). If it's a small place like mine (<15 people) be prepared to ask for basic supplies like folders and post-its or whatever suits you.

I prefer to keep a bright line between my personal life and work. It's easy because I'm not allowed to take work home; so if I have extra to do, I just have to stay late or come in early. This allows me to keep two separate trusted systems. Except for the calendar which is necessary to know when I'll be out of town on business or have some kind of meeting off-site.

So, to make everything work, I run two parallel systems. Certain items cross-over (like the scheduling), but I keep most things separate. My work projects stay at work and I review them at work where I have access to my work reference data. The hardest thing about doing a weekly review at work is that it's hard to find a quiet time. When I'm there, there are a lot of demands on my time from others and late on Friday, I just want to leave rather than go over my projects.

I'm really curious how other people separate their work and personal lives. I know that for many people that bright line doesn't exist or isn't possible (and in fact knowledge work is not supposed to be a 9-5 proposition).

Make sure that you start using GTD right away. Don't allow your email in-box to fill up just because there's not much in it yet.

And most importantly: Bring a good set of pens on the first day for all the forms you'll have to fill out.




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