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January 21, 2006

Transitions: A secret ingredient to Getting Things Done? By Matthew Cornell

Filed under: Uncategorized — dannywahlquist @ 3:13 am

“Until recently I didn’t have a good idea of how to trigger looking at these actions, other than trying to apply traditional habit-forming ideas [1]. However, while reading Marilyn Paul’s book It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys I had an insight – In the Time Management section she says to be aware of transition time, and ask:

  • Where am I?
  • What did I just experience?
  • What’s next?
  • What do I need right now to be present with this situation?

With respect to my GTD practice, I’ve adapted this to mean be aware of environmental changes [2] (either mental or physical), because they often indicate changes in context. Here are some example transitions:

  • Leaving the house – Is there anything I need to take, based on where I’m going?
  • Leaving the driveway – Is there anything on @Errands I can pick up?
  • Entering the office – What contexts are available? @Phone? @Computer?
  • Finishing an action – What’s my context/time/energy/priority like? Should I activate another action from an associated project?
  • Finishing a phone call – do I have time to make other calls from @Phone? (a )”

from http://ideamatt.blogspot.com/

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1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for the nice summary, Danny.

    Comment by Matthew Cornell — February 19, 2006 @ 2:31 pm


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