“Getting Things Done” Tips for College Students

I normally don’t go in for “self help” or faddish systems, but I’ve been using David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” (GTD) system for a couple of years, and I’ve found it to be a highly effective tool not so much for “time management” as for improving my productivity and efficiency — in other words, for getting things done.

Given that college students have many projects to manage, especially for classes, I think that the GTD system would be a great help.  In fact, a number of college students have already “hacked” GTD to simplify and adapt it to student needs.  For instance, check out this post over at Study Hacks, by Cal Newport.

If you are a student interested in trying out the GTD system, see also the entry at Wikipedia, which is a great (and free) place to start.  You might also want to check out this online flowchart of the GTD system, which is worth downloading and printing for your notebook.

See also my related post on managing email.  –DV

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  1. Thanks for the post and links. I had been looking for the GTD flow chart. I have a copy on my desk but didn’t remember where I found it so that was especially useful. I have been using GTD since early this year and found it to relieve a great deal of stress trying to remember so many things in work and home life. My wife even notices that more gets done because its on my list. And I have found a great app that allows me to have my GTD wherever I go, at work on my Win machine, at home on my Macs and even on my cell phone. That makes all the difference to me, its always in front of me. I’ve written about some of my experiences with GTD in a blog post at http://johnkendrick.wordpress.com/2008/03/27/more-getting-things-done/

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