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In parts 1 and 2 of this series, I talked about the 5 Stages of Mastering Workflow from David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity and the main groupings that your items should be placed into using the diagram below. I suggested using bins and lists to represent the groupings. Parts 1 and 2 covered collecting, organizing, and processing. In this post, I will discuss regularly reviewing your main grouping bins and lists to stay on track.
With the workflow diagram, you can ORGANIZE and PROCESS the results of the things you COLLECT. This gives you an opportunity to REVIEW them and DO the work needed.
Projects & Project Plans
- Pull out all loose papers, receipts, meeting notes, etc. not already processed and determine where they go according to the 7 main groupings above.
- Review calendar data for future events that may involve prep work.
- Empty your head. Write down any new projects, action items, waiting-fors, and someday/maybes to place in the applicable main groupings.
- Evaluate the status of your projects. What is the intended outcome? Do you have a kick-start action for it currently?
- Mark off completed actions on your next actions list. Review for further steps to take on incomplete ones.
- Record new actions on your “waiting for” list. Check off items completed.
- Delete items from someday/maybe list that are no longer relevant. Can any of the items be transferred to projects?
Linking to: The Art of Living Fabulously