Favorite 43 Folders Links (Summary)

I've been through all the complete months of the posts in the 43 Folders archives, and pulled out the links that I think will be of interest to me.

These are summarized here:

1994 Sep Oct Nov/Dec
1995 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul/Aug Sep

So what was the purpose of this? Well, I want to get more organized and try to be more productive. For all the projects I'm working on, I want to know exactly what I'm doing, where I currently am, and what my next action should be. It looks like Merlin Mann's 43 Folders blog has a lot of stuff that will help me achieve this.

The first thing to do is separate the wheat from the chaff. Not everything is of interest to me there, and not everything is going to be the way I want to do something. So I've culled the blog down to a set of posts/links that I want to explore further (including reading all the comments for each post). From this I'll then generate a set of my own posts that describe things I've tried and how successful they were.

I'm also looking for a system that's operating system agnostic. Preferably even something that I can get access to from anywhere (i.e. web based). Some of this stuff will also go into a small notebook that I'll carry everywhere with me (I tend not to carry my laptop everywhere when I'm not working).

I've bought David Allen's Getting Things Done and I've read the first part. This has given me enough information to understand the system that Allen uses. If you rather just get a quick 1-2 page summary of this, then check out M Vance's notes, and also printout the 1 page PDF of the Getting Things Done workflow, created to Scott Moehring.

The rest of the book helps you better understand the system and how to use it. I think I'm going to need to do that, because after a week of using it, I'm finding I'm spending way too much time on keeping the projects state information correct, shuffling items from one state file to another. I do have an empty inbox most of the time now though (or as near as I can get it given how quickly new emails arrive), so I am making some progress.

More reports as I get my head around useful productivity and organisational tools and tips.

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