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- Well you really need to build this methodolgy and the implementation of this methodolgy for anywhere, anytime. This is not something, only when I'm in my office can I do this methodology. As a matter of fact, it becomes extremely important to utilize the principles of this methodology wherever you are. So that'll be at home, at work, if those are different places, and in transit. And in transit, could be just moving from home to work, going commuting or it could be in transit, "Hey, I'm traveling around the world "for the next three weeks. "What do I do with that?" So, personally, it's important to have a system with you that you can then, at least, capture things from any place.
So, the first step, of capture and collect things that may have your attention. that has to happen anywhere because ideas happen anywhere, and inputs happen anywhere. So, your best ideas at work won't happen at work. So, often times, it's in those kind of traveling times or off times, or what I call "weird time spaces", is when some of the most creative ideas actually may occur, and you certainly wouldn't want to lose those. So, the capture process really has to happen everywhere. In terms of, how much of a system do I need to maintain? Well, it depends on what you need to have your hands on, when and where.
If you're traveling and you need to make calls, certainly need to have a list of all the people you need to call, as well as your telephone and address book. So, fairly simple in that way. My system is there's no difference. I'm usually traveling with my laptop, and my tablet, and my smartphone. Those are accessible to me most of the time anyway. Sometimes, all I do is, I carry my Notetaker Wallet. I don't even take any of that gear, because, if nothing else, I can make a note to get back to that as I might need it. So, some things you might not need reminders of. If you're still doing paper-based bill paying, for instance, at home, you don't need to carry all your bills around with you all week and then to pay 'em on Saturday night.
You just keep them in a little box, or a basket, or a file, so then on Saturday, that's when I need to see that. So, a lot of it just has to do with what do you need, where? You bring up an interesting point. One of the things that we've noticed is that a hallmark of how mature you are, with implementing the GTD or the Getting Things Done methodology, is whether, when unplanned things happen, whether you fall off the wagon, or, that's when you apply the methodology. A lot people say "Well, I started to implement GTD, "I was going along really well "and then I had this month long trip, "or then we had this major change happen in our company, "or then I had whatever", and so they get overwhelmed, or change, then sort of, blows their fuses, and they fall off this wagon.
But, this wagon actually is designed to be able to that's the time you actually need to use this. "Wow, thing's just changed, let me sit down "and get stuff out of my head. "Let me recast my project list. "Let me update my agenda of what I need to talk "to my boss about because of what just happened." So, the people who really get GTD are the ones, that's actually where this is tested, is in those transition times. We've seen that most of the dramatic testimonies we get, is people then became aware of how powerful getting things done was because of how it got 'em through these transitions.
They had a family member die, or a major illness shows up, or they got fired, or they got hired, or they just got promoted to a whole new level of game, or their spouse just had to move in terms of their career, so they had to unhook, or you have something like 9/11, or some major crisis or something happen. If that affects you, then the ability to be able to then surf on top of that and rapidly get back to a sense of control and stability in the new world, that is a hallmark of actually the utilization of the Getting Things Done methodology.
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