So here we are, at the end of the Lean GTD series. It has been quite an experience for me. There has been two radical changes in my GTD system.
- A better flow in the stream of efficiency, breaking down the batch & queue processing for about 50% of my stuff, allowing actions I have already commited myself to do, to zoom past the inbox and directly onto my actionslists, and thereby reducing handling time and waste.
- A pull-based review system, based on a handfull of smaller routines. These routines gets performed on demand, when the corresponding emotions invade my thinking. This have allowed me to free up 3 hours of review-time every week. But more important, it allows me to apply the rigth amount maintenance to my GTD process, adding even more maintenance if things heat up and my mind gets pinned by incoming stuff.
I'm really happy with the result. A great deal of annoying fiddling with the system has been banished, and my ability to keep GTD up and running has been greatly improved.
One of the really nice benefits has been getting rid of great piles of unprocessed stuff and loads of unfinished reviews. Man, have these been haunting me, giving me a bad conscience, and even worse, making me feel like a GTD-looser. Now, these sources of dismay are no part of my life anymore. And right now... I don't miss them.
So now it's time to look ahead. I have been through a phase of radical change in my system. A phase of Kaikaku (I love these japanese words). Now it's time to move onto Kaizen, the phase of gradual step by step perfection.
Having mapped my system thoroughly through this proces, and having clarified the benefits and values the system provides, I will now go into cruise mode, slowly refining it bit by bit, confident that I have have a solid framework in place. I will collect ideas for refinements, and from time to time implement the ones that seems most promising.
I hope some of you have found the series interesting. Thanks for reading. Please share your comments, and... keep it lean!
- Jens Poder