New Skillshare Class

Hardeep Nagra
Hardeep Nagra
New Skillshare Class

New Skillshare class is live! The class is about how to apply the Getting Things Done (GTD) productivity system within Things 3. If you follow along, I'll show you how to create your own GTD workspace in Things 3. Get the link below and you'll get to enjoy a 14 day free trial of Skillshare Premium!

New Skillshare class is live! The class is about how to apply the Getting Things Done (GTD) productivity system within Things 3. If you follow along, I'll show you how to create your own GTD workspace in Things 3. Get the link below and you'll get to enjoy a 14 day free trial of Skillshare Premium!

What is Getting Things Done?

When it comes to organising tasks I've not come across a better system than David Allen's Getting Things Done system, or GTD for short. It's easy to use, easy to remember, and easily adaptable to tools such as paper and pen, or with task managements apps like Things 3.

What are the key principles of GTD?

The purpose of GTD is to help you organise your thoughts and actions into tasks so that you spend less time juggling it all and more time actually getting things done.

Think of it as a filing system for your tasks, where you have a main drawer that acts as an inbox for all your thoughts and actions. And you have folders for all the various projects you're working.

Your filing system can be both physical - where you can store mail and documents, or digital - where you can store things like email and web articles.

There are 5 steps in the GTD process:

Capture - Capture anything noteworthy into your inbox as soon as possible. This can be things like thoughts, actions, and reminders. Don't worry about details at this point, just capture it.

Clarify - Add detail to the items in your inbox such as what the task is and when it's due. Ask yourself 'Is the item actionable? if so, what are the steps or actions you need to take to get it done? Add these details to the task.

  • if not, then the item can be filed away into a 'someday' folder
  • if it can't be actioned just yet, or moved to the trash if it's no longer needed.

Organise - Organise your tasks into lists or folders depending on what detail you added in step 2. For example, if when clarifying the task you realised that there is more than one action needed, it's a project. Create a folder for it and file it away. If it's a single-task it can go in one of two places:

  • Your calendar if it is a time specific task, or
  • An 'next up' list if it isn't time specific.

Reflect - Review your tasks on a regular basis to ensure you remain on top of the tasks you need to get done by ensuring they align with your goals and removing what is no longer needed. Everyday, check your calendar and tasks and make sure that what you have planned for the day is still required and achievable. Your next actions list should only contain tasks that you actually plan on getting done that day.

The weekly review is more comprehensive, where you'll review all tasks and projects, clear out your collection tools and capture any new ideas and tasks that might be swimming around in your head.

You also plan for the week ahead, ensuring that what you'll be working on aligns with your priorities and goals.

Engage - Go and get on with your tasks. After going through the first 4 steps, you'll know what you're doing and when to do it. But often you'll have a number of tasks due each day for various projects. So which do you tackle first?

You'll need to consider the context, such as how much time you have, how long tasks will take to complete, and the priority level of those tasks.

What is Things 3?

I've tried my hands at a number of apps to help me with achieving the GTD methodology but nothing feels as intuitive as Culture Code's Things 3 app. It's simple to use and feels like it was designed specifically with the GTD system in mind.

Things 3 is an award-winning personal task manager. The latest version underwent a complete design overhaul in version 3 which saw it recognised by Apple's Design Award in 2017. It also continues to be Apple's Editor choice when it comes to task manager apps.

What are its key features?

  1. You can capture tasks into an inbox quickly
  2. You can create projects which can hold lots of different tasks, and you can organise this further with areas and subheadings.
  3. You can create custom tags for your tasks with priority or time to complete.
  4. You can create reoccurring reminders and add deadlines to tasks
  5. As mentioned, it's been designed perfectly for GTD

Where can I find the class?

The class is live on Skillshare. You can access it here.

If you use the link, you'll get 14 days free of Skillshare premium membership, so be sure to check out other classes too!

Enjoy :)



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