Dave Bullock / eecue

photographer, engineering leader, nerd


Getting Things Done and How It Changed My Life

Getting Things Done (GTD) literally changed my life 3 years ago. Growing up I had always been highly unorganized. After reading about GTD on the internet I ordered the book by David Allen and instantly started to change the way I worked.

GTD offers a pretty simple theory for organization: Collect every task and action you have in one trusted place. Instead of the dozens of lists I had spread throughout my computer for various projects, I funneled them all into several lists in one place. I collected every little nagging task my head and put them in those same lists.

Having all my actions in one place allowed me to easily keep track and review what I had to do. This simple change completely altered the way that I worked. I am now extremely productive and I love it.

A few weeks ago I reread GTD and implemented a number of things I had not done before. I created an orderly physical filing system for all my important papers. When I first started using GTD I tricked myself into thinking that I did everything on my computer. Once my filing system was setup I saw that was hardly the truth.

After creating my filing system I set up what David Allen calls a tickler file. A tickler file is a series of 43 folders, one for each month and 31 for each possible day of the month. When I have a physical item that requires my future attention I put it into either the month folder that it pertains to or the day if it happens to be in within the next 30 days. Every morning I check my tickler file to see if any paperwork is waiting for me.

Getting Things Done has change my life for the better. There is no way I could have accomplished what I have in the last 3 years without it. Thanks to GTD, I can finally say I truly am organized. Being organized is awesome.

Route 66 and Clouds

Route 66 stretches out into the desert near Ludlow in this photo I took after a Desert Explorers Rendezvous in 2007.


5 Things You Didn't Know About Me

Well, I've been too busy to blog recently due to several large projects that I'm working on concurrently, but I figured I would respond to this 5 things meme, as Siel of Green LA Girl tagged me.

  1. I lived in South Africa for a year when I was 6 years old.
  2. I only drink coffee on ice (and some times it's not even fair trade!)
  3. I make my cats dance, but I think they like it.
  4. My first job out of High School was designing rave flyers.
  5. I want to retire in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

I am tagging: Peneloper, Eric, Celia, Jim and Ed.


4 LA Things

Jim tagged me [as did Shannon] so here we go:

  • Four Jobs I’ve Had In My Life in LA:
  • Four Movies About LA I Could Watch Over And Over:
    • * Blade Runner
    • * Chinatown
    • * Falling Down
    • * Pulp Fiction / Reservoir Dogs / Jackie Brown [3 way tie]
  • Four Places I’ve Lived All Over L.A. (With Food Memories From Each):
    • * Long Beach on Anaheim & Orizaba - only recently I've been back to the area and I tried Joe Josts which rocks.. I like pickled eggs
    • * Long Beach on Broadway & Redondo - Coco Renos has great shrimp burritos
    • * Hollywood - Koji's at H&H is good.
    • * Downtown LA - too many to list... watch my blog for more!
  • Four LA-Themed Shows I Love(d) To Watch:
    • * The Shield
    • * Three's Company
    • * Sleeper Cell
    • * The Monkees
  • Four Places I Would Vacation At In LA:
    • * New Otani Hotel
    • * The Standard Downtown
    • * Hollywood Hills in a mansion
    • * Catalina Island
  • Four LA-Based Websites I Visit Daily [with my RSS reader]:
  • Four Of My Favorite Foods Found In LA:
    • * Natto and Mountain Yam @ Suehiro
    • * Coconut Seafood Soup @ Sanamluang
    • * Delmonico @ LA Prime
    • * Danger Dogs
  • Four Places In LA I Would Rather Be Right Now:
    • * My Loft in Downtown
    • * Huntington Gardens
    • * In my fiance's arms
    • * In the Mojave desert (not quite LA there)
  • Tagged:

Things looking bad for Repbulicans

CNN is reporting that both NJ and VA have elected Democrats to be their next governors. Let's see what happens with the mayoral elections in NYC and Boston. I don't see things getting any better for the wingnuts any time soon.


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