Basics of GTD
This stage is crucial to eliminate the stress associated with our lifestyle. You have to capture everything that might represent something you have to do into a reliable system you will process and review shortly. This way, things will not be hanging around your head.
You have to collect 100% of incomplete stuff, that is, anything personal or professional, big or little, of urgent or minor importance… Everything!
You will need something to manage that list appropriately. There is a number of options, from low-tech physical in-baskets and notebooks until high-tech tools such as web-based applications and mobile devices.
The simple fact of collecting things is not decisive. For this to work you have to do the following:
- Gather every incomplete into your collection system. They must be out of your head.
- Do not use too many collection buckets, only the ones you really need.
- Empty them regularly. As you will see in the next chapter, it just means you have to process the stuff without necessarily having to do the work.