Categories | David Allen | Getting Things Done | GTD Toolbox | Implementation | Inspiration
Following up on a recent post about Orienting Yourself with a GTD Map, here is more about how to know when you need a map. As you read this, think of your GTD system, from calendar to projects to action lists by context, as your personalized set of maps.
I love maps. I use them regularly. If I’m not using or needing or wanting a map, five things are true:
- I know where I am.
- I know where I want to go.
- I know how to get from where I am to where I want to go.
- I haven’t run in to a detour or unforeseen change in the route.
- I’m aware of all the possible interesting, cool, creative options available on my route.
Anytime at least one of those factors is absent, I want to get my hands on a map. I may know I’m in Los Angeles, but I’m not quite sure where Sonoma is. I need a map. Or, I know I want to get to the Eiffel Tower, but I’m not sure where in Paris we are right now. Hand me that map. Or, I’m in Los Angeles, again, I see where Sonoma is, but what’s the quickest route to take to get there? Let me take a look. Or, I’m traveling up Highway 101 and hear on the radio that there’s a big fire that has created a major detour—what are my other options? Or, I see where I am in L.A., I see that Sonoma is in northern California, and I determine the best interstate highway to take. But what else might be reasonably accessible en route that might be fun to visit? Give me the map.
—David Allen, in Making It All Work