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Thursday, December 15, 2011

From GTD to ZTD

When I started this blog, I wanted to include posts about implementing David Allen's "Getting Things Done" system for managing tasks. I have tried that several times over the years, always running into obstacles but I thought, this time, for sure.

Something just wasn't gelling. So, I downloaded Leo Babauta's "Zen to Done" eBook. Best $10 I have spent in a long time.

In ZTD, Babauta goes through some of the reasons that GTD doesn't work for some people, and I found myself saying "Yes!" over and over again as I read through those issues. ZTD doesn't trash GTD. In fact, Babauta admires it and incorporates a lot of it, but at the same time offers suggested modifications — simplifications, really — that make GTD more user-friendly for people who have run into trouble implementing it.

At least, in theory. It remains to be seen whether I find it any more user-friendly in practice.

You can read Babauta's synopsis of ZTD at his blog.
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  1. Hey thanks for the tip. I just got done downloading it to my Nook Color and I'll be reading this over the weekend.

  2. Thank you. I'm going to be checking this out also. Coincidentally, getting organized (and staying organized) is one of my goals for 2012. Good timing.

  3. Heh! KP, I hadn't even thought of the timing! A big thing about ZTD is that Babauta says you should only try to change one habit at a time, which takes about a month, before moving on to the next one. So, you and I will have to be patient. It may take us most of 2012 to get to the point of organization we want. Good luck to us!

  4. I have to agree. GTD was TOO structured for me, and there was just too much to it. I prefer ZTD approach. That isn't to say that I'm efficiently implementing ZTD yet, but attempting in any case, with my own modifications.