GTD Recipes

GTD Recipes: Read Later

AUTHOR: Francisco Sáez

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As the first post of this series, I will explain how I manage, a la GTD, the articles and news I want to read, without interrupting my work.

Most of them come to me mainly by Feedly, where I have my favorite blogs about productivity, programming, design, technology and business, or by my Twitter timeline—my favorite social network—, where I usually find very interesting stuff.

I browse both sources of information in some of the rest periods of my work, usually short breaks of about 5 minutes between pomodoro and pomodoro, where I only skim through them.

If I find something I want to read thoroughly, I send it to my GTD Inbox, that is, I collect it but not read. In my case—my GTD tool is FacileThings—, I just have to mark a tweet as favorite or send a feed to my inbox by email.

When it comes time to process these actions, I keep them in the Someday/Maybe list, with the tag #read typed in them.

Thus, at times when I am relaxed and I feel like reading, or when I am stuck in a waiting time, I open the Someday/Maybe list, filter by the #read tag and I pick my readings. Of course, this part is more efficient and pleasant if you have a tablet, just for the sake of mobility.

picking my readings

TIP #1: If you read things of different nature and, depending on the moment, you would prefer more a topic than another, you should set another tag, in addition to #read, indicating the nature of the reading: #tech, #economy, etc… So you can filter what you most want.

TIP #2: For watching videos I use the same system, but with the tag #watch. In this case, moreover, it is advisable to indicate the duration of the video so you can select a video that fits into your available time.

Do you use any special trick, within GTD, to manage some sort of tasks or projects and you think it may be useful to others? Whatever the tools you use, tell us about your recipe and we will post it here.

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