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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Monk to Done, a GTD approach

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 by Andrew Conkling

One of our perennial posts on this blog has been "Advanced GTD with Remember The Milk", a guest post by Doug Ireton, a fellow Remember The Milk user.

This week's tip, shared by waldir.leoncio, offers a simplified method for keeping track of your tasks in a similar way.

I've been lifehacking for quite a few years (maybe decades, if you consider the time before the term "lifehack" first appeared) and I've read about and tested quite a few productivity methods, but none of them has ever stuck for so long. In a matter of months I'd get sick of a method and would go search for another one. Just to name the two most famous: GTD is, in my humble opinion, too complicated and high-maintenance; ZTD is a step in the right direction, but it doesn't improve much. After years studying task/project management methods and adapting them to fit my style, I've come up with a system I have found to be optimal — for me, at least — and I'd like to share it with all the community. I'm a long-time RTM user, so this method naturally came to be 100% compatible with RTM.

I've never cared to name this method, but if I had to, I'd call it something like Monk To Done, since I think it is basically a simplification of ZTD, which in turn is a simplification of GTD. So, without further ado, here it is.

Read the full forum post to find out the details; it's quite thorough.

Thanks for sharing this tip, waldir.leoncio! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

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