So last week when I was on vacation, I read this book. I’ve been thinking about reading it for more than a year now; I remember hearing about it originally from TeacherNinja. Anyway, I finally was ready to read it, I loved it, and I think it could end up changing my life.
When I tell people I read Getting Things Done, and that I am happily cleaning out my office, they generally express surprise that I need help from an organizing book. But I do — I’m very organized in lots of ways, but I have these pockets of disastrous disorganization in my life (at home and school) that cause me no end of stress. In particular, my desks at home and school are just places to dump stuff. They end up making me tense every time I look at them. So I’ve been avoiding my lovely rolltop desk at home for years now. Whenever I’ve “worked” on cleaning it up, I just take care of some of the piles, but I don’t do anything about the cause of the piles.
Also this week I started physical therapy — on the recommendation of the neurologist I am now seeing for help with my migraines — and the physical therapist talked about managing my stress as one way of getting my neck and shoulders to relax. I wonder if having all my “stuff” organized and under control will end up having an effect on my migraines?
I’m not done yet, but when I am, I’ll post pictures. And — I plan to put the system into place at school, once I go back. With all the paperwork teachers have to do, lesson planning, stuff to sort, and all the things I need to juggle as a mentor teacher, it will be WONDERFUL to have a way of keeping it all under control. I’m even color-coding my system — things for school (folders, index cards, etc.) are green, as opposed to manila or white for home. I have been to Office Max twice, and I’m going back on Sunday when they have their teacher sale.
Anyone else out there using GTD? Any tips or recommendations for me?