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Drew McCormack on GTD for scientists

Getting Things Done (GTD) for Scientists - MacResearch

I enjoyed this post by Drew McCormack on how he discovered GTD and has started using it for his work as a scientist:

The thing to realize is that most people don’t get lessons in organizing themselves at school or college, and they certainly haven’t been prepared for the rapid pace of modern life. GTD is nothing more than a few lessons on how best to organize things. At the center of it all is what could be regarded as a multi-dimensional ToDo list. The idea is to get every project you have, however big or small, out of your head and into the list. That allows you to relax about things, and be more productive at the same time.

"Multi-dimensional ToDo list." I'm totally stealing that.

Also, I mention it here because this post provides that rarest of voyeuristic nerdthrill: getting to peek at how someone else is using Kinkless!

Any tips or stories from the science nerds out there on how GTD is and isn't working for you?

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I am a PhD student...

I am a PhD student in Surgery and have recently started implementing GTD with the "Thinking Rock" platform (no affiliation, but I am pretty happy with this multiplatform product).

I keep my PhD as a multiple cascade of little projects that range in scope from "the big Mama' (the whole thing) to individual experiments and grant applications etc. It is only early for me, but I find GTD helps me to work on those thigns you know you have to (grant applications that your boss likes but you don't really believe in...) and those that keep you motivated (wet lab work, results updates etc.)

I am also a medical professional (surgical trainee) by training, and I can see GTD will have a completely different implementation in that life. GTD has been great for me in this life as I am awful at choosing to do tasks that can be put off. In my other life, tasks are a lot more squeaky wheel and difficult to ignore. I am looking forward to figuring out the different implementation.




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