Laura, I've been reading as much of Getting Things Done as possible without actually getting the book. That Amazon 'read the table of contents and the first few pages' thing has been useful. And I found an archived article about David Allen in Wired magazine online. He sounds like a totally interesting guy.
Two things I took away from it, don't spend more than two minutes figuring out what to do with an issue -I don't time myself, but I get the principle, and I'm banging through stuff as fast as possible- and actions on your to-do list need to be described as explicitly as possible. For example, don't write "set up a meeting", instead say "call to set up a meeting".
People slam him for getting paid for having developed a very simple organizational plan, saying his very successful career boils down to a painfully obvious flow chart. The thing is, it's not at all obvious to me. Sure, it's forehead-slappingly simple now that I've read his flow chart, but that kind of organized thinking doesn't come naturally to me. So it's helpful to me.
Edited to add, I got that first rule up there slightly wrong. He says if something will take less than two minutes to finish, then do it, right now.
Ridiculously simple, right? Well, that kind of thing doesn't occur to me, so someone else putting it in writing actually helps me.
About the Freedom Filer, I discovered it in an article aimed at adults with ADHD.
Edited by journeymom - 3/10/11 at 9:39am