Getting Things Done isn’t just about lists, or 20 simple steps to make your life amazing GTD is a set of tools and methodology that can be used by anyone to bring some control back to their lives.
When you implement GTD you develop an awareness of what is going on in your life, and the demands that are being made of your time. The number of these demands are what leads David Allen to compare GTD to a martial art, as you are constantly in combat with all of them.
Extended this metaphor there is the concept of GTD mastery or being a black belt in GTD. this is how I earned my yellow belt.
Continue reading “Getting my Yellow Belt”
Selfie with Rachel Brown (England Rugby Player Welfare Manager), Nathan (Birmingham Bulls Physio), and Martin (Bulls’ Members Officer)
Batch files (.bat) are a set of commands that are sent to the command line. They can include limited flow, and do support variables. Windows XP onwards has slowly improved the function of these files.
They can be edited in any text editor (for some history see edlin). If there is a particular command you wish to stop running in a batch file then you can use the command REM at the start of the line which will then cause the operating system to treat whatever appears aftewards as a REMark.
So in the batch file below
REM DEL *.zip
the command to delete all zip files (del *.zip) would not run as the REM command in front of it
E-nails have a subject line – please use it. The subject should be specific and aid the other person in processing your e-mail.
Also consider who your recipient is. If you are emailing finance then don’t just put ‘Invoice’ in the subject line – but something about more descriptive e.g ‘invoice for front office from Staples (invoice no:3512)
Replying to an old e-mail may be the easiest way of ensuring the mail is correctly addressed, but if you are starting a new topic or discussion ensure you put a new title.
CC means Carbon/Courtesy Copy – and should be used where a recipient needs to be aware of the e-mail but doesn’t have any actions and isn’t directly involved.
BCC should be used if you are sending out something like a newsletter and the recipients don’t need to or shouldn’t know who else is receiving the mail. If you send lots of these and they are to external addresses then a service like MailChimp is really useful as it will avoid accidentally sending to everyone (and the subsequent replies) and it will also handle unsubscribes legally for you too.