Categories | Coaching Secrets | Getting Things Done | Implementation
GTD Times reader Heather asked: I’ve been feeling really in the zone with GTD lately. I know what I need to do, the system is working, BUT the “waiting fors” are going to give me a stroke.
I use the Things for Mac application and noticed that consistently about 25-30 percent of my next actions are under the tag “waiting for.” I work on deadlines and am constantly having to call or email others to remind them to get me something. Most often the responses I get is, “Oh, I forgot,” or “Was I supposed to do that?” or “Right! Thanks for the reminder.” But I’m not their secretary or their mother.
How do I remain “in the zone” when so many of my next actions end up being “Remind Joe to do this” and most of my projects I can’t move on because of other people’s lack of organization and clarity?
Coach Kelly Forrister: Hi Heather! Great question.
Here’s a screen shot of my lists as of this morning:
Notice that the majority of items are Waiting For’s and second to that are Agendas (where I’m waiting to talk to someone). I just consider it part of my job to track these. It doesn’t take me out of my zone–this is me getting work done.
Yes, sometimes my rattling their cage is the only thing that reminds them that they have action, but at least I’m clear about my open loops.