Teens are overwhelmed, partly because they don’t yet have the skills to manage the unprecedented amount of stuff that enters their brains each day. – from LifeHacker.com
“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”
“You can do anything, but not everything.”
― David Allen, (GTD) Getting Things Done for Teens: Take Control of Your Life in a Distracting World
- Through the assignment, “GTD: Part Two,” I worked on creating my system. From watching videos, it helped me create certain sections to place work into. This helps eliminate stress and makes me more organized.
CLASSROOM (THEORY & ANALYSIS)
This is quite interesting. It is fascinating how many people don’t have GTD systems! To achieve effective results, you need a system. There are five simple steps:
- Capture it so you don’t have to keep it in your brain
- Ask: is it actionable
- Yes: Would it take two minutes or less? Less than 2-minutes = do it. More than 2-minutes = create an action list.
- No: Discard or keep as a reference
- Place in calendar
- Weekly reviews
- Are tasks going to plan?
- Every month: Review short-term goals
- DO IT!
These steps seem difficult in the bigger picture, but it will be beneficial. As soon as you have a system, this will become second nature and you will be much more successful. I am going to use this GTD system to hopefully reduce stress and improve my time management. We will see what happens!
LAB (THEORY PRACTICED)
- Most people have 30-100 projects and 150-220 next actions right now.
- You need maps to get these done
- You will add more significant projects as you go
- Doesn’t take long for you to get to where you want to be.
Two GTD Maps: Basic and Detailed
- Detailed map by guccio@文房具社 licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
- Basic map from BiggerPlate.com embedded below
GTD-based Trusted System
- I use Trello and a physical planner for my GTD system.
OUTSIDE (PRODUCTIVITY & THE BRAIN)
- 31% of adolescents have an anxiety disorder
- Everyone is overwhelmed
- Walk to clear your mind
- One step at a time
- Take time to relax
- Take time to think
STUDIO (CREATING MAPS)
- Action items have been added to my GTD system. There are also many more to come!
WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED
- From this week, I learned how to use a GTD system. I hope to use this learning from now on and in the future. One problem I had was understanding the system. This took me to watch videos over and over to comprehend the topic.