GTDinbox: Pretty cool so far

I’m giving GTDinbox a try.

Now that (yes, I’ve managed to keep it clear for a few days now — I even enjoy that process!) I’ve finally put to use an e-mail tool that helps me keep organized: GTDinbox. This Firefox browser add-on expands the functionality of Gmail (my preferred e-mail client) to support the processes of David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) productivity system.

I haven’t completely drunk the GTD Kool-Aid yet, but I’m sipping it slowly. I’m finding it hard to muster the emotional energy and psychological motivation plow through the massive tangled backlog of open loops that is my life at this point, so I figured I’ll just start somewhere — making a “clean spot,” so to speak. So I’m starting with e-mail, which is so central to my work and life and where so many of my tasks and projects get channeled.

The cool thing about it is that I’ve been able to use it to specify “next actions” on a wide range of projects — from maintaining blogs, to client projects, to making travel arrangements, to scheduling massages.

I’m not sure how well I like it yet, but so far it seems to be working for me as an organization tool. Plus, I find it helps me keep my inbox clear by giving me a clear way to process messages related to open loops as they arrive, in a way that I can easily keep track of them.

Are you using, or have you tried, GTDinbox? What do you think of it? Got any tips? Please comment below.

I’ve got mail… NOT! Inbox Zero rocks!

Three little words I’ve been dying to hear… Click to see the big picture.

I just did something I’ve never done before: I’ve completely cleaned out my e-mail in-box.

No kidding. Right now I don’t have a single message in my inbox. All incoming messages have been processed. Aaaaaaaahhhhhh….

This is a huge step forward for me. Due to the nature of my work, I rely heavily on e-mail for my professional and personal life. Of course, I haven’t always managed it well, and I’ve tended to let things accumulate in my in-box instead of figuring out what needs to be done, if anything, with each message.

My inbox had become an inordinate psychological, emotional, and procedural burden for me….

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