Want to gain control of the overwhelm that sweeps into our lives and threatens to task us to death? Tired of the towering to-do list? It's time to set aside a few days, sweep your system clear, and institute David Allen's 'Getting Things Done' system. (This starts an amazing book.)
Man - this guy has SO got it going on! I'm a new woman since I overhauled my office. AND even better, I bought his Getting Things Done Add In for MS Outlook's Task manager and now use it religiously. And an interesting thing has happened. I'm no longer feeling haunted by how much I have to do.
I've been careful to put a date on every darn thing I could possibly ever need to do WITH the understanding that unless it's written on my schedule, I can reset those dates and adjust to suit my needs each day. And it's working! I'm getting two to three times as much done in my 10 hour work day. Best of all, I leave the office and shut the door with a sense of completion - which I hadn't had in over a year. Somehow my tasks always seemed to multiply in the night.
You don't have to implement Allen's Outlook Add In to make this work, of course. You can just carefully use the Task Management's own date setting option on your to-do's… I just liked being consistent with his program.
It's all about emptying your head and going by the book (or task list in this case.) So you whip along once you get a pace going, and tasks fly by. I'm lovin' it!