GETTING THINGS DONE WITH GMAIL
In the last few months I’ve talked a few producers who have been reading Dave Allen’s Getting Things Done, the productivity manual. I read it a couple of years ago and by no means have adopted all of its recommendations. (A couple of things in it — the Two Minute Rule and thinking of the Next Action — are useful.) One problem is that it’s too paper-oriented for me. But in the years since its publication, a number of sites have run with its ideas and come up with systems to integrate them into the Palm Pilot, Blackberry, etc. I just came across this tutorial on the Tech Wraith blog that explains how to implement the GTD into Gmail by using Gmail’s system of filters, labels, quicklinks and multiple in-box features. (Some of these require enabling Google Labs.) I read through the instructions and I’m not sure I’m going to try them… but maybe a tech-savvy GTD’er out there will want to try and give us a report.