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New to Task Management? Here's an Easy Program to Help Get Started

  1. You need a trusted system where all your "tasks" live. This will most likely be an application on your mobile device. There are hundreds to choose from. Find one that suits you.
  2. In that trusted system, you must have an "inbox". This is the place where your tasks are collected. Get everything out of your head and into this inbox. 
  3. Once or twice a day, process your entire inbox. Do this by assigning the following to each of those captured tasks contained in your Inbox. 
    • Project: What project does the task belong to?
    • Context: What place can and will you complete this task?
    • Due: When must this task be completed?
  4. Do a weekly review of all your tasks. In this review, make changes to projects, contexts and due dates as needed. Also, take the time to sort your tasks within each project. If the tasks are sequential, sort by the order that they must be completed. If the tasks are not sequential, sort by priority. 
  5. To have a successful task management system, you need to make it part of your daily routine. If you follow this simple guide, you are well on your way to becoming a GTDJedi. As with everything in life, practice makes perfect.