Self-organization with Getting Things Gnome

To-Do List

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Getting Things Gnome helps with getting things done. Users can enter outstanding tasks and assign keywords and completion dates to their task lists in the foreground.

Getting Things Done (GTD) [1] is a self-organization method developed by David Allen. The GTD approach is based on the theory that trying to maintain a complex task list in your head takes a toll on concentration. The idea is to move task tracking out of the mind and put it in the hands of a trusted external system. The system tracks the tasks so the user can focus on solving and completing the problems.

According to the GTD approach, everything you deal with – be it an article you are interested in, the tax return you need to submit, or a birthday party you are planning – passes through the GTD system and is processed according to specific criteria that help you stay organized.

The system works both with physical objects (e.g., a pen and paper, an inbox that is a real box, and a physical filing system) and with digital objects. Various applications let you implement the GTD system. One handy and free program that helps with GTD is Getting Things Gnome (GTG).

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