My friend Kathryn asked me how to create/organize a GTD notebook, so I created this little video for her. I realize that I didn't go into the explicit organizing of the notebook. I have my tabs in this order
1. Goals: My general big goals
2. Projects: More or less my active project list
3. Someday: Projects I want to do ... someday
4. Lists: My general catch-all tab for listy things. (Note: I used to have separate tabs for music, book recommendations, but I found it was easier for me to put it all on one list tab.)
5. @ASAP: My first @ (at) tab. Things I need to do RIGHT NOW
6. @wait: stuff I am waiting to hear back from people
7. @home: stuff I need to do at home
8. @brain: stuff I need to think about (half thoughts I want to flesh out more)
9. @laptop: stuff I do at my computer (which is a laptop)
10. @phone: people I have to call
11. @email: emails I have to send (or respond to) Note: I also manage my email in my email client. These are emails that I think of sending when I am not near my computer.
12. @car: stuff I have to do in my car, errands, etc
13. Agenda: My notes, fleshing out tasks, section of my notebook
Other tabs I have had in my notebooks
- Contacts: phone numbers, emails, etc
- Travel: travel schedule
- Inbox: I used to have a tab for inbox items, but I tend to process those on my desk and not in my notebook
- 2Blog: blog post ideas
- KickAss: Specific projects, ideas that kick ass
And then I have had project specific tabs for my clients, website or work.
The beauty of GTD is that you can completely customize it to work with your style - whatever that might be.
Now you can watch the video and learn how to create your own GTD notebook.