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aerospace engineer, Star Wars nerd, PowerPoint hater, and family barista, @wuerl


Jul
6
revised How to handle recurring but low priority tasks that aren't actionable now?
added non-actionable to the title because it's an important aspect of the question; cleaned up the wording for grammar and flow
Jul
6
comment Coffee: good or bad for work?
It's not immediately obvious to me how this question is related to personal productivity. I doubt people would be coming to this site to find out whether they should start drinking coffee.
Jul
6
suggested approved edit on How to handle recurring but low priority tasks that aren't actionable now?
Jul
6
comment Handling delayed delegating in GTD
possible duplicate of How to handle recurring but low priority tasks?
Jul
6
answered Handling delayed delegating in GTD
Jul
6
comment Is it possible to train to sleep less?
+1 for glibness and not accepting the premise of the question. The whole point of GTD in my mind is that it allows you to get done what needs to get done in less time making the remaining time available for sleep and leisure and family.
Jul
6
answered How to handle recurring but low priority tasks that aren't actionable now?
Jul
6
comment How to use Remember The Milk (RTM) to implement a GTD system?
Good follow-up. First, I conceptually separate the RTM inbox list from a real GTD inbox. I don't collect things in my RTM inbox to be processed later. One way I collect tasks is when I think of or receive a simple action, which I typically enter directly into RTM via the command line or iPhone--complete with meta-data (i.e. no additional processing is necessary). Other actions get collected as notes on a document or scrap of paper, which get thrown into a physical inbox on my desk and processed into RTM regularly. So it is my physical inbox that empties, not the RTM one, which is just a box.
Jul
5
answered How to use Remember The Milk (RTM) to implement a GTD system?
Jul
4
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
3
revised sleep-transition wiki excerpt
added 96 characters in body
Jul
2
awarded  Organizer
Jul
2
revised How can I use Outlook folders to implement GTD?
Fixed grammar; added tags
Jul
2
suggested approved edit on sleep-transition tag wiki excerpt
Jul
2
comment Is there a proven method for managing emails?
@Tom I agree in principle that defer is a dangerous category--and Merlin says the same thing in the original Google Tech Talk. But I've found it to be hugely helpful in practice. I get emails that are going to take more than 2 minutes to read and review before I can even determine a next action. I find it simpler to place these in a defer folder to tackle at the end of my processing burst than to put into my GTD system. I've also found this helps me process faster. When I'm in the mode of quickly determining next actions I don't link transitioning to thoughtful reading of dense materials.
Jul
2
comment Is there a proven method for managing emails?
@Tom For the record, Merlin's original Inbox Zero talk discusses delete and archive as flavors of the same decision. Now obviously that doesn't mean it's the best solution, but I was trying to summarize and embellish his original points. I agree many things (attachments, PWs, etc.) are better stored out of email--so good point. That said, I keep lots of email where the important content is the email and its associated meta-data (e.g. recipients, date sent, etc.) This applies if email is used for electronic approvals; the emailed approvals need to be kept for the record, even if never needed).
Jul
2
comment How effective is the Dvorak keyboard at improving productivity?
+1 for your second point. You obviously can't count on other people having their keyboards setup in Dvorak (or any other customized format) and switching it--even temporarily--would often be a breech of social etiquette. Unless you literally never use a common computer or setup your time would be better spent learning keyboard shortcuts or other time-savers that are standard across the applications you use frequently.
Jul
2
answered Does Uberman's Sleep Schedule result in more productivity?
Jul
2
suggested approved edit on How can I use Outlook folders to implement GTD?