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April 17, 2007


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Hey Sharon — I have a couple of questions:

For all of the lists that you describe you use in 2), what kind of notebooks/calendars do you use in writing them down? Are there notebook types that you've found are more useful than others?

susan abraham

The simple list-making system is priceless, Sharon. :-)

Sharon Sarmiento

Hi KG--that's funny that you should ask that about what kind of notebooks and calendars that I use, because just yesterday, to go along with this post, I wrote this this: http://www.esoupblog.com/2007/04/organizing_fanc.html

It's called "Productivity Tools: Avoiding the "shiny, shiny" trap".

Basically, I just use a Mead 3 subject notebook I found at Target. It probably cost less than $5.

For the calendar, I use a generic monthly/weekly organizer also found at Target. It doesn't matter what the brand is, just as long as it's the right size for you (some folks like bigger, others smaller) and it has it so you can write stuff in the weekly area.

It's all pretty simple--all stuff you could find at Walmart or Target. If you wanted to, you could make your own dayplanner list system from scratch by going to http://www.diyplanner.com/.

Beware though--I sort of got obsessed with the idea of crafting my own dayplanner a few months ago, and it ended up taking way more time than it should :-). In the end, I just decided to buy the notebook and the organizer.

My conclusion is that for these lists, simpler is better. As long as you have a notebook, a pencil, and a calendar you can write in, you're good to go. :-)


Susan Abraham — Glad you liked the list system!

Sharon — I'm going to post this comment in an update. You are so full of amazing info — we're fortunate that you do what you do. :)

Maryam in Marrakech

Is this GTD system something you actually buy?

PS Sharon and KG, what gives with Performancing not doing any more reviews of blogs? Did we get all excited for nothing?:-(


Hi Maryam — I think it's just a system to implement, and all info is outlined on the web. I'll double-check with Sharon.

I've been checking on the Performancing blog, and they've only evaluated that first blog. I'll forward this to Sharon --- maybe she has some info.

Sharon Sarmiento

Hey Maryam--yes, GTD is not something that you buy, it's just a system for organizing. So, you can just use a notebook or plain loose leaf paper in a binder to do the system, or whatever works for you. There is a book, called "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity" by David Allen. I bought it used for about $9 at Amazon, but if you don't want to buy it, you can just read my blog :-).

RE: Performancing and the blog reviews--well, this is kind of complicated, but to make a long story short, that site is experiencing some growing pains ;), and management has changed lately--my friend David is not on their management team any longer, at least for the time being. I have asked someone on their team about the blog reviews and if they'll be moving forward with those, and the basic impression I got was that they were just trying to get the daily operations back on track. Hopefully they'll resume what they started with the Blog Makeovers--because that was a fabulous idea!

Who knows, maybe if I bug them enough they'll start again :-)...

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