1. I have read Getting Things Done from front to back.
自家早就起来到尾读完了Getting Things Done这本书。
2. I have a calendar, which is always on hand.
3. I use my calendar for appointments and day-specific items
- I have a physical inbox, which I use daily.
5. I have an email program, set up the way I want it.
- I have voice mail, set up the way I want it.
7. I always have a way to capture ideas and get them out of my head,
in all contexts (notepad, laptop, voice recorder, etc.).
8. I have a place or places to keep Next Actions lists, accessible in
the right context.
9. I have a Master Projects List.
- I have listened to GTD on audiobook.
11. I have a list for tracking “Waiting For” items.
- I have lists for tracking “loaned out stuff” and “stuff I’m
13. I have a folder marked “inbox” on my computer for downloaded
14. I have a tickler file or reminder system in place which is fun
and fast to use.
- I have a paper file system which is fun and fast to use, perhaps
using an automatic labeler.
16. I only have physical actions on my Next Actions lists—no
17. I have a weekly review scheduled for each week.
18. I maintain a “Someday/Maybe list”, and regularly review and
update this list during daily and weekly reviews.
19. I have dedicated physical office space set up.
- I have all the office supplies I need (p. 92).
21. I have mobile office space set up, if needed.
22. My computer files are set up for maximum productivity.
- I attend a weekly productivity group centered around the GTD
- For the first 6 months of implementing my GTD system, and often
thereafter as needed, I keep a GTD journal in which I write a “how’d I
do?” update nightly.
- I review my notes from my GTD journal weekly and monthly to keep
myself improving and on track.
26. I have been using the GTD system consistently for 3-6 months.
27. I have read Getting Things Done twice or more.
自我曾经读了四遍Getting Things Done。
- I have listened to GTD on audiobook so much I can impersonate David
Allen’s voice with an eerie accuracy.
我一度听了重重遍Getting Things Done的有声读物，已经驾驭。
29. I consistently follow up on “waiting for” items.
- I consistently follow up on “loaned out stuff” and “stuff I’m
- I consistently clear out my email inbox to 0 every day by 5pm.
- I consistently clear out my physical inbox to empty every day by
- I consistently clear out my voice mail every day by 5pm.
34. I consistently clear out my computer folder marked ”inbox“ daily
- I consistently clear out any other “inboxes” (e.g. voice recorders,
notepads, etc. with unsorted “stuff”) every day by 5pm.
36. I always do my weekly review, scheduled for the same time
- I have no unsorted papers anywhere besides my physical inbox,
project files, and reference files.
- I have a file cleanout day scheduled in my tickler file or calendar
for once or twice a year.
- I have my other altitudes specified (p. 200), and I update them at
least quarterly, with a reminder in my tickler file or calendar.
- I reconnect with my higher altitudes at least weekly, usually daily
in the morning to keep me inspired.
- My Master Projects List is regularly updated at least weekly.
- I often do a preview at the start of my day, and a mini-review at
the end of my day.
- I am familiar with the major GTD online tools and their strengths
- I have found online and/or paper tools that work best for me and my
GTD system which I use every day.
- When clearing my inboxes, I start at the top and take each item one
at a time until it is processed (instead of skipping around to what’s
- I am familiar with mind mapping, and either use software or paper to
do mind maps when useful.
- I know the 5 steps of the Natural Planning Model by heart (p. 56),
and use it for personal project planning and for facilitating meetings.
- I know the Threefold Model for uating Daily Work by heart (p. 196),
and refer to it often during the course of the day, or do so
- I know the Four-Criteria Model for Choosing Actions in the Moment by
heart (p. 192), and actually work that way, or I have found something
that works even better.
- I have experimented with GTDGmail or some other productivity
enhancing email software, and found what works best for me.
- I have been using the GTD system for 6 months or more, every day.
- I am subscribed to GTD Connect and have listened to much of the
- I have listened to the 43 Folders podcasts with David Allen.
我听过43 folders关于David Allen的podcast
- I have coached 3 people in successfully implementing GTD into their
- I’ve read David Allen’s other book Ready for Anything, and several
other books on personal productivity.
- I get into a flow state when working about 1/4 to 1/2 of the time
- I don’t ever carry anything in my head that could be put into my
system, and many times during the day I download ideas, next actions,
and projects to my lists.
- I have read Getting Things Done at least twice, and used it so much
for reference it is dog-eared and has notes on almost every page.
自身一度读烂了Getting Things Done，下边满是自身的笔记。
- I always return phone calls within 24 hours, usually within 2-12
hours, with none lost or forgotten.
- I respond to all emails within 24 hours (usually much sooner), and
none get lost or forgotten.
- When I put something into my inbox, I completely trust that it will
get done…or I know why it’s not getting done and am comfortable with
- When I commit to doing something for someone, I completely trust
that I will do it…or I’ll let them know ahead of time why I can’t
- That low-level anxiety I used to feel around my “stuff” and my work
is completely gone.
- My mind is like water, clear and calm, and I never think about
anything I don’t want to more than once.
- My paper filing system is completely up-to-date, always.
- I am the most organized person of anyone I know, by far (except
- I never drop the ball on any project or task.
- I can’t remember the last time something “fell through the cracks”
in my system.
- I get frustrated with people who drop the ball on things, because I
honestly can’t understand their perspective anymore.
- I get regular coaching from someone with at least 4 years experience
- I am familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the GTD system
because I’ve read and studied other productivity systems.
- My system is automatic and almost never requires discipline or will
to follow through.
- I can clearly see how my daily work connects all the way up and down
- I am so productive and clear that new creative ideas are bursting
forth like never before…and I have a way to capture them and make them
real, if I choose to.
- I can always say no with integrity, because I always know what’s on
my plate and what’s important.
- I have been using the GTD system for 12 months or more, very
- My system has been squeaky clean for over 6 months.
- My system has gone through several evolutions, changing tools as
needed to improve productivity, adapting to my life appropriately.
- I have coached over 10 people in successfully implementing GTD into
their lives, who have sustained their systems for over 6 months.
- I easily arrive at all appointments 10 minutes early, well-prepared,
with a calm and peaceful mind.
- I am usually in a flow state when working.
- I never drink caffeine or eat sugar anymore—my work naturally
- I don’t work with people who let things drop through the cracks
anymore, unless I absolutely have to, or unless they are my GTD coaching
- I am known for consistently under-promising and over-delivering on
my commitments to others.
- I exercise regularly according to an intelligent plan that is best
for my body and is leading towards ever-improving health, strength,
aerobic capacity, flexibility, andoverall fitness.
- I get up at the same time early every morning, right when my alarm
goes off, and immediately enter the GTD flow, with relaxed focus.
- I have a regular spiritual practice, scheduled daily or weekly,
which I consistently follow.
- I have a list of books for personal/spiritual/career development
which I consistently burn through, perhaps by scheduling reading time at
regular times of the day or week.
- I regularly try out new productivity tools, but only when there is a
real need, not for the sake of “productivity prone”.
- When I commit to something, it’s as good as done, no matter how hard
or how many steps it will take.
- Project planning and mind mapping are as easy and automatic as
breathing to me.
- I’ve delegated or automatized many of my regular errands, to the
point where I rarely do errands anymore.
- I’m surrounded by people who are as productive as me.
- I have several mentors who are orders of magnitude more productive
than me, whom I meet with regularly.
- My living space is like a zen temple—everything accounted for,
everything purposefully and consciously attended to.
- My office space is meditatively state-changing—people regularly
comment on how peaceful they feel when they sit at my desk.
- I could, if I chose to, make a comfortable living teaching personal
productivity—I have people asking me about it constantly, without me
saying anything first.
- I could write my own book on productivity…or maybe I already have.
- I tend to reach my goals earlier and with greater ease than
- Work—and life—is ecstasy, bliss, pure joy.