Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 1:23AM
For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. -- Fr. Alfred D'SouzaIn Creating your own "productivity guidelines" for 2005, Sally McGhee et. al. suggest we review accomplishments in the previous year, reflect on lessons learned and successes (hopefully WILD), and apply them to the coming year.
I thought it would be useful to do something similar for 2005 in GTD fashion by looking at completed projects. Sadly I haven't been tracking finished projects (I've simply checked them off and moved on), so one of my projects for 2006 is to record completed projects. I hope that this will help me re-focus on those small "stealth" projects that I find sometimes slip by, in spite of my discipline.
However, in the spirit of openness and experimentation, I present my partial GTD Projects "Greatest Hits" for 2005. In no particular order:
- Adopted GTD "100%"
- Got unpleasant dental scaling done (more to come - ugh!)
- Started this blog
- Got picked up by the OfficeZealot.com Getting Things Done Zone (thanks, Marc!)
- Started exploring GTD consulting, and coached 1/2 dozen practice clients.
- Committed to designing and delivering a GTD seminar at work
- Got our research lab to try "Boss blogs" (see Applying 'Boss' Blogging to a Research Lab)
- Lost 15 pounds (and it's running around the neighborhood, so don't be alarmed if you see it. Repeat after me: "Fat has no teeth. Fat has no teeth...")
- Attended GTD | The Roadmap seminar
- Sold my mountain bike, and started Tae Kwon Do (after a 20 year break)
- Cured my insomnia
- Made major mental perspective shift in a back problem, and got some serious pain under control
- In Planning for the Future, LJ has some insights gained by reviewing completed projects. I particularly like this idea:
I went over my project list and examined the motivation behind each one. I found that many of the projects had been placed there by other people in the form of "shoulds". I decided which ones were important to me and did a massive culling of my someday/maybe list.
- In Getting Things Done: the Roadmap, terrie passes this along from David Allen:
It might be useful to keep a list of completed projects, but don't bother with a list of completed next actions. It's not worth it.