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May 8, 2008 / compassioninpolitics

Best Getting Things Done (GTD) and Technology Productivity Tools and Resources

Tracking Tasks and Achieving Goals:

One specific area I am zeroing in on is a goals tracker. I think David Seah’s (below) is interesting, however I’m not sure I buy the numerical attachments David has for various tasks. (How is finding and hiring the right people a 5. Although this may result from my misunderstanding of Seah’s system.) Also, it may not reflect. Finally, it doesn’t seem to offer an option to create 80/20 focus on tasks in the individual subtasks.

Your Productivity Thoughts, Tips, Hacks, and Resources:
Is there an electronic or paper goals tracker you use for long or short term goals)? (Jared has some top level productivity tips, tools, lifehacks and resources for consultants and mobile workers and I’m going to tag him for specific suggestions)

Top Technology Productivity Resources and Tools:
• David Seahs The Printable CEO Online Emergent Task Timer

• David Seahs Printable CEO Series (all 6 resources)

Other Valuable Productivity and Efficiency Resources and Tips:

Zen Habits has a very helpful 5 Simple Effective GTD Tools

Ryan Carson’s GTD and Productivity Tips

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  1. Dave Seah / May 9 2008 7:03 pm

    Hey Nathan,

    Thanks for checking out the PCEO! In response to your question about the numerical aspect: the numbers are chosen to reflect the “value” of the task as a short-term incentive in a game system. If you think of the numbers as points or dollars, and then think of the value of each task as a “bounty”, then maybe it makes more intuitive sense. It’s up to you to decide which things are more important to you right now, so you would then give higher values (maybe very high values) to things you want done quickly.

    That is just one aspect of the balancing between point assignments and other areas of satisfaction; the PCEO was designed for myself to make some abstract planning seem more “countable” and therefore more immediate.

  2. compassioninpolitics / May 9 2008 7:25 pm

    Thanks David. Its a great tool. And you explanation of the point value helps point me in the right direction.

    I guess I need to create a customized version for myself.

  3. dannielo / May 22 2008 11:12 am

    For implementing GTD you might try out this web-based application:

    Gtdagenda.com

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A mobile version is available too.

    As with the last update, now Gtdagenda has full Someday/Maybe functionality, you can easily move your tasks and projects between “Active”, “Someday/Maybe” and “Archive”. This will clear your mind, and will boost your productivity.

    Hope you like it.

  4. harryche2008 / Jun 22 2009 5:10 pm

    Nice tool.
    You may want to check out http://www.GoalsOnTrack.com, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals and todo lists, and has time tracking. It’s clear, focused, easy to navigate, worth a try.

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