16 February 2011

Time Management - Readers links

The following are links recommended by our readers. Thanks to everyone who has submitted a link in a comment, I will continue to capture them in posts from here on so they are easier to find on the blog.

David Allen the well known author of 'Getting Things Done' has a free downloadable article on his website called Organising a Paper Planner, in it outlines how he would set up his planner sections to fit with his GTD philosophy.

I used his recommendations for setting up my A5 desk planner. To get a copy of the article and his other free articles go to his website and click on the 'Buy Now' links, they are free, but you will have to set up a simple account on the site.


  1. Love that comic strip! I can relate: with all ToDo-lists neatly in place, I sometimes wonder why they don't do anything?

    A friend of mine found "To Do" too ambivalent and started calling his list "Do it!".
    I kinda get his point ...

  2. I can recommend the GTD Virtual Study group which is a podcast of regular GTD "followers" sharing hints and tips. Great stuff. http://gtd-vsg.blogspot.com/

  3. If you’d like a tool for managing your time and projects, you can use this web-application inspired by David Allen’s GTD:


    You can use it to manage and prioritize your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote, and also comes with mobile-web, Android and iPhone apps.

  4. Thanks for sharing the links.

    I am changing my "to do" list to "DO IT" list! LOVE that idea...

  5. The four-bucket post is excellent. I hadn't quite thought about it like this, but it works really well. At work tomorrow, (lack of the usual crises allowing!) I might re-jig my work filo with this post in mind. I can see 5 tabs ending up as:
    Monthly bucket, catch-all bucket (a.k.a. "Do it!"), daily bucket, info bucket, and the extra tab (since it is supposed to be 4 buckets...) would have blank note paper. The info bucket may end up with some sub-categories to find things a bit better, but the core would fit.

    How do others set up their work filos/work method?

  6. I Love the DO IT list!! That is such a great idea Jotje. I have been using the weekdate solely for ToDos and it is working wonderfully with my Adelphi work filo :-)

  7. GTD may be the "in" thing, but the original Time Manager results tool (from 1975!) is still hard to beat to my mind! Here's a link to a short article on the key principles: -


  8. http://www.timemanager.com/timemanager/int/webmenu.nsf/framesets/About+Time+Manager

  9. Part II of the Building a Smarter To-Do List has been especially invaluable to me. In the past I've just put everything that needs doing or that I think I should be doing on a long to-do list, with the result that most of the list just gets shifted along for weeks or months.

  10. love the comic strip.. so much like me!!

    However, I did spend nearly three hours 'doing up' my filofax yesterday. I now don't have plain inserts.. I have customised beautiful coloured ones.. all laminated and perfect for scribbling on!! lol. Just don't know how to show you the pics..

    Jo xx

  11. Jo, upload them to Flickr and then give us a link. Sure do want to see colorful and laminated inserts!

  12. Woah, that comic strip is two months younger than I am! I feel so young!

  13. Hi Steve, I know this is an old post, but I thought you'd like to know that GTD don't offer the Organising a Paper Planner for free anymore. I tried to download/buy the file from the link on this post and found that it wouldn't let me get the file. I contacted GTD and they advised that the Organizing a Paper Planner has been added to and modified into a new product called "GTD and Paper Organizers Setup Guide" and is no longer free. They were wonderful enough to send me a complimentary copy which I'll be reading and reviewing once I've implemented the things I've learned from it.


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