GTD Refresher
William McKeehan
William McKeehan
January 2, 2023

GTD Refresher

Book Cover: GTD in 15 Minutes

GTD Refresher

In the winding down of 2022 and the starting of 2023, I've been reviewing my processes and tools to identify adjustments that I may want to make going into 2023. The Kindle app was kind enough to offer me some suggested readings based on what I have been reading and last night, this book came to the top of the list.

This book was a very quick read and served as a reminder of the basics of the GTD system along with a few good reminders.



Its aim is to make you have 100% trust in a system for collecting tasks, ideas, and projects—both — location: 14 ^ref-41773

Very key to the system. The busier you are, the more you have to trust the system.

The next action needs to be a physical and visible action. — location: 52 ^ref-60951

This is another key point in being successful using the GTD system.

If you have regular meetings with people, it can be beneficial to have “agenda contexts”—one for each person—where you note down the things you want to talk about during the next meeting as you think of them. For example, if you have a weekly meeting with Foobert, you might consider having a “@ Foobert Agenda” context. These contexts will of course change as your team/managers/supervisor, etc. change. — location: 97 ^ref-38797

I’m not sure how useful this type of context would be for me. Most people I have things to discuss are people I see daily; others are people that I reach out to whenever I have something to discuss.

When doing the weekly review it can be a good idea to work through a “trigger list”. A trigger list is simply a list of key words to “trigger” your brain to remember any open loops you still haven’t captured in your system. — location: 126 ^ref-52714

Lifehacker’s trigger list for students. You probably want to customize your own — location: 131 ^ref-8437

This is a great idea and, even though it is over 12 years old, this list is a good starting place.

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