25 May 2016

The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 13

GTD Productivity And Using Your Paper Planner

There must be a point where we can actually breathe a sigh of relief knowing we have accomplished the day’s work and allow ourselves the momentary celebration of understanding our location in the progress of our lives as we plan and track our way through it.

In this episode, Steve and Karine embrace the zen of David Allen and oddly, actually get something done!

If you have ideas for future episodes please send them to steve at philofaxy dot com

Show Notes (timings approximate)

00:05 - Introduction
01:00 - David Allen - Getting Things Done
02:15 - Clutter
04:30 - GTD Videos
06:00 - How many inserts/pages do you really need to keep in your organiser
08:15 - GTD and a Paper Planner - A4 or Letter
10:00 - Actions
14:30 - Filing Systems
18:50 - Tasks - The Pomodoro Technique
21:00 - Context
22:00 - Colour coding
23:30 - Daily planner page for GTD
26:30 - The need to do GTD or using your planner in a more efficient way.
28:30 - Tip of the week

Guest Posts on Philofaxy:
My GTD Set Up - David Popely - Guest Post
Guest Post - My current (GTD based) Filofax setup - David Popely
Guest Post - How I use my Personal Filofax for GTD

Episode 13 - GTD Productivity And Using Your Paper Planner 

A direct download is also available here: Episode13.mp3

Shownotes: A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf

NB: A5 is in A4 format so it can be scaled to suit A5 or A6 size. Personal is for printing direct on Personal size paper.

Presenters - Steve Morton and Karine Tovmassian

Our Websites: Philofaxy  TN Times and The Streamlined Life Thinker Extraordinaire Thinker Extraordinaire (Services)

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Previous Episodes:

12 - Job Seeking and Keeping - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
11 - Planner Fail -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
10 - Planner Hacks - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
9 - Planner Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
8 - Choosing Inserts - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
7 - How do you carry your planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
6 - Planners on the go - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
5 - Why would you pay more than the price of a Filofax? - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
4 - Using Your Planner To Create Permanent Habit Changes - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
3 - Getting on with two or more planners - A5 docx pdf Personal docx pdf
2 - Where to start your planning journey and why - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
1 - What size and why....  - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf


  1. I'm really enjoying this series. Thank you very much for your time and expertise. I would really like to see something on financial management in planners. I know that some people use their planner as their wallet and some people use their planners as an envelope system for example. I use mine as simply a bill and income tracker, but I'm very interested in being more focused in my financial management. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

  2. Loved it! thank you for this, I am really enjoying listening to you

  3. Great episode! I am using a simplified version of GTD for a while, but have not found a perfect method to organise it "through" my planner yet. Mostly because I like smaller planners and don't want to stuff them with folded a4 paper.

  4. This was a great podcast -- I'm hooked! Karine, I would enjoy hearing more about how you use Omnifocus and your planner. I'm using both at the moment myself, and I'm looking for ways to make it work.