One of my goals for 2016 was to read 12 books. It has started me on a library kick (well, I guess I started the library kick last year when I got started on the KonMari method), and it has been really fun. The online system that our local library has is awesome. I can search books, put holds on them… it emails me when they are ready for pick up, and then I just head down on one of the evenings they are open late, or on the weekend to pick up my books.
However, the unfortunate part of all this is, I seem to keep picking books that are popular and so they have reservations, which means that I only have 1 or 2 weeks to read them, and since I only read very sporadically, I have yet to actually finish a book. Yup, that’s right… We are six months in to 2016 (well, 7 tomorrow I guess) and I haven’t read a single book yet. I have read lots of partial books… but have not made it to the end of any of the books.
One of the books that I just recently had to return when I wasn’t quite done is Getting Things Done by David Allen. The irony of this is not lost on me. I was laughing about this with a coworker one day at lunch when I was reading the book (a last ditch effort to get as much out of it as I could before I had to return it). I guess I really need to apply the theories in the book, so I can at least finish the book…
I first learned about GTD (short form of Getting Things Done) from Kara at Boho Berry. She did a post about it back in April, but I didn’t get the library book until just a couple weeks ago. (I guess it is a popular one!) Her post was a good introduction, but even reading the first couple chapters of the book really helped get my excited to start using the system. After I had to return the library book, I started looking online at other resources and there are soooo many! Seriously, just google “GTD” or “Getting Things Done” and you’ll come up with a gazillion really good references (like this one). I’m not going to summarize everything again, the information is already out there a million times.
So, anyway, while I wait for my turn with the book from the library again, I am going to start implementing the GTD method using what I have read from the book, what Kara summarized on Boho Berry and what other sites have taught me. Since I am away this week, and I have already selected my “to-do” items for each evening, I’m going to procrastinate on getting things done a little longer (ha ha ha!), but I will be sure to take you with me on my journey when I get down to it.
In the meantime, have you implemented this GTD method to increase productivity and reduce stress? Do you have any tips or pointers to actually implement the method?