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How to implement GTD for university students

Hello all,

This weekend I took out seven HUGE trash bags out of my office after cleaning everything hidden in every corner. I had boxes that had never been unpacked from four moves ago that are GONE! What a liberating feeling!

I don't have my tickler file set up, but have my someday/maybe and my "next actions" set up. The entire office is set up like a GTD Central Command. I had been using the Hipster last semester before life took a weird turn.

Anyways.... the reason for my question is this...

I'm a doctoral student, and as such I have weekly assignments for classes, papers for the semester, and some independent projects that I"m working on like grant proposals, etc.

I keep wondering what the best way of keeping track of everything, and I can't come up with anything concrete, so I thought I'd consult with the experts on this board.


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The Tickler File


Your replies are definitely not long-winded, so please no worries :)

As I mentioned in my original post, I got rid of seven huge trash bags full of articles from previous classes and subjects that I am no longer interested in. My own personal research, on the other hand, I am still interested in. I am now staring at a gigantic pile of files that includes articles from aeons ago. I haven't really referred to any of it in a while, but I'm imagining that as my dissertation time is drawing near, I will be making use of many of these articles.

Last night before going to bed, I was thinking about the best way to organize assignments. I had the idea that I could write the assignments on an index card per the HPDA, and then a few days before my readings/assignments are due, I can drop that card in the appropriate day of the tickler file. This will indicate to me the start date of the assignment, rather than when it's due (which typically gets me into trouble because I have a tendency to procrastinate).

And, for larger assignments, I know the day they're due. I can put that on my calendar, and then a month prior to when they're due, I can put a reminder in the tickler file to start that project.

I'll be starting that system tonight. Will let you know how it goes.




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