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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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Thanks anielsen! I'll be...

Thanks anielsen! I'll be joining a new legal firm, so there will be plenty of case files (in ABC order, of course).

I've also tried to separate my personal and work lives, which despite the occasional overlap, I've found to be very easy. While I don't work from home unless necessary, I have a separate filing system for work files, a separate work space, and even a separate computer, an older laptop devoid of iTunes, IM, and the other usual distractions. I can access my work email from home, so even when I don't have access to the file server at home, I keep copies of important documents by mailing them to myself. My briefcase contains 2 separate plastic portfolios, one for personal items and the other is work-related. It makes it easy to pick up a manila folder and take it home without having to worry about it accidentally ending up in one of my home inboxes. When it comes to scheduling, everything goes into my moleskine daily planner, with the intent that work will hopefully occur between 9-5 only.

My line isn't bright: It's subdued with crisp edges. Thanks again for your advice!




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