I let myself sleep in this morning. I will be getting up early all week, in an attempt to get back into my workout routine, which I’ve neglected since vacation. That means early-to-bed once again. But I’ve found a way to recapture some time, and I’ll discuss that in a future post.
I headed up to IHOP around 10:30 AM, and after breakfast, I got a haircut. From there, I headed to the Metro station and into Pentagon City so begin day 2 of my initial GTD process. Today, I focused on work (obviously). I spent about 4 hours here and did a pretty good job, but I’m still not finished getting my inbox empty (although my email inbox is empty). I’ll finish up tomorrow.
I’m heading home now, stopping at the store to do my grocery shopping. Or–maybe I’ll get something to eat first. Hmm?
Well, it took somewhere around 8 hours, but I got all of my collecting and processing done, and I even managed to knock off a handful of tasks along the way. And my “inbox” is empty! Keep in mind, however, this is just for “home”. Tomorrow afternoon, I’m heading into the office and repeating the process there.
The good news is that I really do think I have just about everything out of my head and onto various context lists. (All of this would make sense to you if you knew the details of GTD, but don’t worry about it if you don’t.)
I’ve got next actions on 9 context lists, the longest list being my “@computer” list. It’s good to have it all on paper and out of my head, not worrying I’m forgetting anything. I did make use of the recommended “tickler” file. And I did some extensive work on my own reference filing. Improvements are still needed. We’ll see if it really works as well as claimed by the book.
My wireless Bluetooth mouse for my iMac apparently died tonight. I don’t think it’s the battery. It was literally one of those things where it stopped working, I opened it up to replace the batteries, and as soon as I popped it open the mouse spilled its guts everywhere. I suspect that means I’ll have to get a new one. I really can’t complain too much. This one lasted me just over three years.
I was up at 7:30 AM in order to take my car into Saturn. I was scheduled to have the door check link replaced on the driver’s side door. I also asked them to check my brakes, which were squeaking. They fixed my door and brakes (only the front brakes needed fixing), resurfaced the rotors, rotated the tired and balanced the wheels. All is well. I got out of there around 10:30 AM, and then headed over to Staples to run some errands.
I set aside this weekend to begin full implementation of GTD. For those of you who don’t know what GTD is, you can read all about it here. It’s based on a book by David Allen called, Getting Things Done and I’ve read the book twice. I found the theory interesting, but as always, I’m a bit skeptical. Still, it seems worth giving it a shot. A few years back, I gave it a half-hearted attempt, but in order to be fair, I’m going full-out. I’ve got the weekend blocked out to do my initial collecting, processing, organizing and reviewing. We’ll see how it goes.
William Gibson will be signing books at Bailey’s Crossroads this evening at 7:30 PM and I’m thinking that might be a nice break. I’m not certain I’ll head over to the signing yet; it will depend on my progress and energy level, but the bookstore is only 18 miles away so it’s not a long trip.
The weather is beautiful today. I’ve got just about every window in the house open. There’s a nice breeze and its about 76 degrees out.