Typed up some brief notes re: the above here:
More detail follows:
I’ve been using a Filofax for a long time – probably since my Psion 3c packed up – and I just read Getting Things Done. I wasn’t entirely convinced by all of it to be honest, but fwiw, here’s some notes on implementing GTD with a filofax.
I have got:
- a Calendar Section
- a Notes section
- a GTD todo-type section which has the significant bits of my gtd system
- loads of other rubbish which isn’t relevant in this context
The GTD section has 5 tabs:
- ‘IN’ – which I use to collect ad-hoc things which I am going to need to decide what to do with. Its somewhere to write stuff that is more actionable than notes, but I don’t necessarily want to immediately make the decisions about whether I need to defer, delegate, record as a project etc
- ‘ACTIONS’ – contains list of actions divvied-up by context (as per GTD), but also the ‘Waiting For’ list (on a different coloured paper) and a list of the projects (but not the supporting material and sub-tasks)
- ‘PROJECTS’ – usually a page per project, headed with title (as per the list under the actions tab), and objectives. Front page is pre-printed with the headings then a blank list for the project tasks. Backside of the page is blank for notes
- ‘SOMEDAY/MAYBE’ – as per GTD
- ‘DISCUSS’ – page per person, or per weekly meeting
The above seems to work OK – although if I had more tabs I might do it differently.
I haven’t implemented the tickler file in the f-fax (or indeed elsewhere). I need to revisit this bit of the book and re-evaluate.
I have loads of other sources of ‘stuff’, mainly on the PC, which I have to process – but it all goes through ‘Actions’ in my f-fax.
Both for this and other f-fax stuff you really need to be printing your own forms, imho.