Basic GTD

Basic GTD: Your daily activity

AUTHOR: Francisco Sáez

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If you collect all the stuff that command your attention, process what they mean and what to do about them, organize the resulting tasks and review them where appropriate, then your daily actions are found in these three lists:

  1. Calendar: It’s quite common to misunderstand this list. It’s not a traditional calendar. Here you only put what you absolutely have to do on a certain day, not what you’d like to do. This list is considered a sacred territory, it contains the commitments you can’t postpone and, therefore, need to be done. It’s the first place where you have to look at to decide what to do every morning.
  2. Next actions: These are the actions you have to do as soon as possible, with no specific date. In the periods you have nothing scheduled in your Calendar, you should look at this list and choose the tasks that best suit your current context, your time and energy available, and your priorities.
  3. Waiting for: These are the actions you’ve delegated to someone else or must be done by other people or entities. Although you don’t have to do them, you should review this list from time to time to track progress.

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