September 13, 2007
Revisiting GTD in the library
A little over a year ago I wrote a post on Getting Things Done in the Library. One of the things I like most about this “system” is that it is geared towards helping you manage tasks and not time. I believe this is a major factor in my success of using GTD as a librarian. Even if one could manage time our jobs are full of too many interruptions. The best we can hope for is to manage what we have to do in such a way that we can get it done between reference questions.
The tool that has worked the best for me in using GTD has been AirSet. This Web 2.0 application offers a calendar, lists, files, contacts and links. You can use it alone or for groups. I use my calendar for my “hard landscape” tasks – meetings, appointments, etc. – that have a definite time. I use the list function for keeping track of my tasks and projects. Between those two functions I am able to keep track of my projects and tasks and that is half the battle.
I would be very interested to know if other librarians are using GTD and if so, how.