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On April 3, 2010, Apple released the iPad to the world. A day later I completely changed how I do my weekly reviews. Like most avid GTD’ers, I kept my weekly review to be a sacred and solemn time. I normally did my reviews on Sunday evening in my home office so I could really dig into what was happening so I could get clear about what I had coming up the next week. My weekly review was anchored to a time and place where I believed I needed to be to get through my lists. Not anymore.
The weekend the iPad came out my weekly review was done on the couch sitting next to my 5y old son while he watched a movie. I have to tell you, it was great. I was in a relaxed place, with little distraction, and I was able to focus and process like never before. Now before you hit enter on your comment asking how could I concentrate while sitting next to my son while he was watching a movie or stating there is no way someone could get a good weekly review done in that kind of setting, see if you can give me two more minutes to explain. I’ll bet I can convince you it can be done in that kind of setting and it is so worth it.
Quick, think of the three most important things to you? Got them? Great.
Do any of those things relate to some area of focus at one of your higher elevations? They do? Perfect, now you can do a weekly review on an iPad. Honest.
When I did my weekly review on my iPad I was able to do it while embracing an important area of focus for me – spend time with family. My son didn’t care that I wasn’t watching the movie, but that night it was important for him just to have me sitting next to him. I had my list manager open, was able to process my inbox, fire off a few emails, jot down some notes for later reference, and plan for my coming week on my calendar. The iPad offered a lower intrusion barrier while sitting there with my son and that was what made things nearly perfect.
As I’ve continued to do my weekly reviews on my iPad for the past month I’ve learned a few things about my system and have made a few adjustments. For example, I started to see my contexts list was starting to get out of control. I had @computer:work, @computer:home, @computer:Maximo, @computer:reports. Reviewing on my iPad allowed me to see that I had some contexts lined up almost 1:1 for a project list. Culling my contexts down has made reviewing and lining up what to do next even easier.
Now I will be the first to admit that doing your weekly review on an iPad may not be for everyone. For some, their weekly review is like I mentioned before, a solemn and sacred time for them to get clear – almost like meditating. If that’s your style, great, stick with it. No need to fix something that isn’t broken. My transition from laptop and desk chair to iPad and lounge chair was probably a little easier because I’m basically using all the tools I had before. I have an iPhone and a Mac, so most of the tools I had previously been using as part of my weekly reviews were ported almost seamlessly to the iPad.
The iPad’s form factor has also allowed me to do more mini-reviews and capture sessions. For example, I knew for a long time there was a gap in my system where I wasn’t doing a good job capturing action items form meetings. I have terrible hand writing and just the thought of having to try to review my notes repulsed me. Those notes would previously gone into my paper inbox for later processing. Now I just hold back for an extra 10-15 minutes after a meeting and capture my action items or needed follow-ups in electronic format.
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FWIW: The entire article was created, edited, and posted to GTD Staff via my iPad and iPhone.
Jason Verly is a Project Manager during the day and a tech crazy husband and father of two at night. He is avid GTD’er, longtime GTD Connect member, and can be reached via email or on Twitter as @MyGeekDaddy.