A few months back I saw Scott Hodge make a reference to GTD. He used it as someone throwing around the letters NFL or CNN or something. Like I should know what it meant. But I just kept reading. Then I saw it again somewhere, and then somewhere else. So I had to go look it up. Turns out it stands for Getting Things Done and is a supposedly very efficient way to, ahem, get things done.

David Allen is the mastermind of it. But it’s an organizational structure of grabbing everything out of your head, collecting it somehow and some where, processing your “stuff”, and then either acting on it or filing it away for future action. The subtitle of the book is The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. That sounds like bliss.

I’ve discovered many other websites that will help w/ implementing the GTD methods and tools of the GTD culture. But I’m realizing that I need to have a master collection agent, and be able to process and act on all of those things….but more than that, I just need to focus on the task at hand and not get distracted. There are plenty of worthwhile things that I look at and get mesmerized by during my days, whether at work or at home. And they’re good things, but they’re not what I need to be accomplishing right then, whether it’s returning an email, picking up something from the store, or making sure my kids get a bath.

But I’m taking the dive into GTD. Wish me luck.