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I've been reading David Allen's book on and off for the past couple weeks. I'm at the point we're I definitely need to start implementing a system. There's a lot of people that have had success implementing it.

David has claimed to be an INTP, so his way of doing things might be ideal.

Just wondering if anyone here has had any experience with his system...
 

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Yeah It's a time management system:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/01...=0142000280&ref_=sr_1_1&qid=1334525301&sr=8-1

What he says about it makes a lot of sense, especially for an INTP. Basically, he encourages writing all your ideas and to do lists down on paper, or in a software program. Doing this frees up your mind (he compares it to RAM in a computer) to not have to waste room remembering stuff to get done. Then you separate your goals and to-do lists into different piles based on urgency. And instead of over analyzing, you just grab one item, do it, and cross it off, and continue the process. It's obviously more in depth than that, but it's a pretty awesome system and makes sense. I'm working on implementing it this week.
 

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Yeah I know what you mean. I need time to brainstorm and think about stuff every day, but I'm also running my business right now and need to get my tasks done in order for it to continue to be successful. I think implementing a system or routine will actually work well in the long run. Once our Si adapts to the change, it can become habit.
 

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At my research/project-based job, I've started a habit of documenting my thoughts, to-do tasks, updates throughout the day, complete with first-person commentary (that sometimes goes off on a tangent). At the end of the day, I send it all to myself. I now have a Work folder in my inbox from 'Day 1' to 'Day 90'. Apart from being a record of progress, doing this helps me at least put my many ideas in writing...and yes, to my brain, it also works like a RAM does to a computer.
Awesome, yeah this is pretty similar to David Allen's GTD method. I think the whole idea of making sure everything is written down and put in a central location really helps clear the mind and allows us to continue thinking more and worrying less. And it will lower stress levels because things aren't being forgotten.
 

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Yea..... that does not work for me. At all. Never has.
I'm not a 'list' and 'written outline' person.
I agree that I'm not either. But is that just because we assume that as a P, we shouldn't be organized in some way? Have you had success with any other methods of getting stuff done efficiently? (I'm not saying this defensively, I'm just curious.)

I have 3 whiteboards set up next to my computer right now. I use them whenever I have an idea that I think is important. I write in different colors because I am more right brained than left brained and it helps keep my interest.

Once they get too full, I take a picture of everything on there, and save it to Evernote (an awesome app) on my phone. I then erase the board and write whatever comes up.

I also have a bunch of different colored Post-It notes that I use for reminders of stuff I need to get done today. I also sometimes write quotes, ideas, or anything else I want to remember and stick them to the whiteboard. I'm a visual person so having both the white board and post it notes around me help keep me on track. (I'm also a Kinesthetic learner so the act of writing something down helps a ton too).
 

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Yeah I'm definitely using my phone a lot right now. I use Siri on my iPhone just to mark down reminders. I have this meeting in 3 weeks that I know I'm gonna forget if my phone doesn't go off that day.

I do that same thing with notebooks. I try my best to consolidate everything I write down to 1 or 2 notebooks, but right now I have 4 that I'm using. I've found that using Evernote has helped a ton. It syncs up to my phone, my computers, and stores everything (notes, audio, pictures) in the cloud. And it has a search function so you can go back through them and find whatever it is you're looking for.
 

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I miss having a "project associate" to whom I could delegate all the boring stuff...
Haha. I'm at the point where I'm debating hiring some to do the boring stuff. The problem is, they would probably do more work than me, which doesn't feel right. Maybe I shouldn't care about how it feels haha.
 

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Wait, isn't that the point of having an associate or assistant? Anyway, it's not necessarily about quantity. You hire someone to do the work that feels like work. You know, things like triple-checking data, finding statistics and booking flights.
Naturally, you should leave the fun stuff to yourself.

And don't worry about it not feeling right. You're giving someone a job in tough economic times.
Very good points. Especially about providing a job. I think I have some preconceived notion against it since I was brought up in a blue collar town that glorifies "hard work." I've shifted that mindset, but it's tough when every around you still has it.
 
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