Zen Habits has an incredible and insightful post that outlines a
new beefed-up GTD system. It just plain rocks, I tell you.
First off, I should note that Zen Habits is one of my favorite blogs as of late. Plenty of nuggets creating life habits in the archives over there. The writing is simple, yet the concepts are fresh and unique. Alright, enough of the mushy stuff. Let’s get to the goods ;)
The GTD system is a very flexible processing tool that gives structure to wrangling your life’s inputs. However, there are a few shortcomings to the system. First and foremost, it doesn’t really pay attention to your life’s goals. GTD is more what needs to be done right now, with not much love given on how to process your life’s goals. Thanks to Leo, we now have a way to process those as well, wrapped around the GTD system.
If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been having trouble with GTD, as great as it is, ZTD might be just for you. It focuses on the habit changes necessary for GTD, in a more practical way, and it focuses on doing, on simplifying, and on adding a simple structure.
Admittedly, GTD is not the easiest thing in the world to learn. It takes a few times of falling off the wagon before really getting the hang of it. The ZTD system tries to make it an easier system by simplifying more. Almost too simple.
In fact, Leo believes that not trying new task and project tools is key to keeping it simple. A straight pen and paper works best for the ZTD system. While this is mostly true, it’s a little over-simplified. In some cases it just doesn’t make sense to use a paper-based system (like web development). However, he’s spot on: the tool isn’t going to make you any more organized.
It’s all about the system, baby.