- You can’t organize what’s incoming, you can only collect it and process it.
- You don’t manage priorities, you have them
Collection is the key to the whole process of GTD.
Collection means writing down everything you have to do, and this means everything.
If you have a good memory, and I do, the temptation is not to bother, but this means that you’re not trusting the system. If the system doesn’t have everything you need to do in it, then you won’t trust it and you’ll go back to worrying that you’re not doing all your tasks.
You also won’t be able to plan properly.
I’m getting more and more in the habit of capturing things I need to do, even jobs I know I’ll do in a short time.
Here are some jobs I’ve captured
- Email Harold about Films
- Watch Epilepsy Video
- Write UCAS reports
- Buy birthday card
- Organise VLE training for September
- Investigate Trello software
I use Emacs org-mode capture to capture my tasks, but that’s just my preference. Evernote is good, but the system works perfectly adequately using pen and paper.