Inbox

Inbox

As promised the last time I discussed GTD, I’m going to describe my various inboxes that I’ve defined for my system and how I use them to boost my productivity. For the seven of you still with me, let me refresh your memories. My defined inboxes are: Things (iPhone application) Moleskine Microsoft Outlook inbox Balance (iPhone application) Google Chrome bookmarks Voice Memos (iPhone application) Post-it notes Paper tray (for letters and bills) File folders Of all of these, my Moleskine is probably the most flexible, so  I’ll discuss that first. First thing I must say about Moleskine notebooks is that I ♥ them! I go for the hardcover with blank pages because it allows me to draw and take notes all over the page without being restricted by lines or grids. Of all my inboxes, my Moleskine is the most flexible (I just said that, no?). With pen in hand, I just empty my mind right on to the page, without worrying about structure or form. The main purpose of the Moleskine in my implementation is the get the thoughts out of my mind as easily as possible. It also lets me write or draw directly in the margins, so that I can enhance my lists or flesh out ideas more. Important stuff gets a highlight, so that I can find the tasks that need immediate attention easily. At the end of each day, around five-ish, I start a new page, with a to-do list of the next day’s work that is due. When I complete a task, I cross it off the list and give myself a well...