GTD Trigger List For My Blog Planner

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The GTD incompletion trigger list is an absolute godsend for me as I frequently forget things when I have a toddler running amok however as I mentioned in my previous post GTD Trigger List For My A5 Planner the one in David Allen’s book doesn’t fit my life situation so I have adapted it into two seperate parts. One for my daily life and one for my blogging.

I have already shared the list for my daily planner so now I am sharing the list for my blog planner.

I haven’t typed this one up as of yet as I am waiting to see if I need to add or tweak it first as this is a relatively new list.

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As you can see the list is somewhat different and more blog orientated.
I am trying to improve my blog as I progress as it’s something that I love doing. I don’t currently blog for money but more freedom. Blogging is one of the few things I have in my life that’s done for me (and my audience) rather than for my partner,  children or family.

When I first started it was just somewhere for me to write and I didn’t have a clue about domains, SEO, statistics etc however now I find myself wanting to learn more, wanting to reach more people. To share any knowledge I may have or experiences I have.

The trigger list helps my personal development with my blog so much, as it forces me to focus.

If you have any tips or triggers you feel I’ve missed or advice I always greateful.

Thank you for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

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GTD Trigger List For My A5 Planner

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I’m a huge fan of David Allen’s Getting Things Done method. I always do a weekly review of all the tasks I have to get done.

Up until recently I have always used the incomplete trigger list in the book however many of the triggers were not relevant to my life.

What I did instead was create a list of my own, taking all the points which were relevant. 

I typed it up, printed it out and put It into my a5 planner so I always have it on hand.

I am also working on a trigger list for my blog planner as well.

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Keep an eye out for my Blog Planner Trigger list:)

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Project Planning The GTD Way

You may have heard me mention Getting Things Done (GTD) by David Allen in previous posts, this book is definitely worth a read. It has single handed improved the way I organise and manage my life.  Some maybe put off as I was initially thinking this was just for businesses but the methods can be applied to all areas of your life whether that is at home or at work.

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For those of you who are not familiar with the GTD methodology and do not have the book to hand here is a link to a 15 Minute Guide to GTD  which I use frequently when I do not have my book with me.

David Allen mentions in this book that our brain naturally goes through a planning model which he refers to as the Natural Planning Model. This the process our brain takes when accomplishing tasks and should be applied when we are planning our projects.

So let’s go into detail. There are 5 steps or phases to the Natural Planning Model.

Phase 1: Defining Purpose and Principles

This is where you ask ‘Why?’, what is the aim of what you are intending to do? This phase helps to set the boundaries and scope of your project and provide motivation.

Phase 2: Outcome Visioning

This is you visualise the end result, the outcome you wish to achieve. In order to plan a project you must first ascertain where you want that project to end.

Phase 3: Brainstorming

This is the phase in which you generate ideas for your project. David recommends that you put all your ideas on paper, get them out of your head so you can formulate them in some order. This will help focus on what tasks you need to do.

Phase 4: Organising

In this phase you take all of the ideas from your brainstorming session and formulate them into some form of plan. So you should hopefully have at the end a list of tasks that you will need to accomplish in order to successfully complete your project.

Phase 5: Identifying Next Actions

This is where you make a note of your first/ next physical action that needs completing before you can move on. What immediate action needs to take place so you can move the project on.

Another breakdown of these 5 phases can be found here at The Simple Dollar

I have found applying this method to my project planning extremely helpful when plotting and planning my projects.

To start with I wrote a Master Project list, this was the place I write down all of the projects that pop in my head I want to complete. This is a long-term goals list.DSC_2581

I then took the first project I wanted to complete and write it on a separate sheet of paper, following the Natural Planning Model. This details all the separate parts of the project that need doing for it to be complete. I also list my ‘Why’ and ‘Outcome’.

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The next thing that I do is write the first immediate action on my Next Actions list (the thing to remember with the Next Actions list is that it is essentially a To-Do Immediately list). Once I have completed the item I cross it off both lists.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I hope that it inspires you to go read the book or at least look at ways to help improve upon your organisational methods:)

The Stationery Geekette x

 

The Leuchtturm 1917

This is my first ever Leuchtturm. My partner bought it for me for Christmas and its the Berry dotted version.

I have to admit I’m a little weary when it comes to notebooks especially those that are quite high in price as they very rarely live up to the hype however this one is amazing!

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It’s hard to say the exact purpose of what I am using it for as it covers many different functions and is very unique to me.

It combines GTD with a form of bullet journaling and other aspects too.

I have taken some photo’s of my current pages. Obviously these will evolve as the year goes on.
I do have to thank Kara at Bohoberry and Laura at How to GYST as they have both been a huge inspiration in my new 2016 approach.

So to start I drew up a 2016 Calendar as I like to always have a yearly outlook.

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2016 Mission Statement and Affirmations

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Goals and Aspirations

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Quotes and Gratitude

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Savings and Film/TV

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Books to Read and Master Project list

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Blank for Projects and GTD Workflow

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GTD Workflow Diagram and Planning Models

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What I Want To Buy and Order Tracker

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Kickass Woman Manifesto and First srt of Daily pages

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Astronomy Calendar and Daily pages

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Project 1 and Dreamcatcher Sketch

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That’s what I have so far in this one. My dailies are mostly Next Action lists for the day, events, memories and brain dumps.

I have you have enjoyed reading and seeing how I do things. I would definitely recommend checking out the two blogs I mentioned above if you are wanting to be inspired.

My next post will be going through the other planners I’m using this year:)

The Stationery Geekette x

 

**Update – Post added with updates to my layouts The Leuchtturm 1917 – Things I’ve Added