Update May 11, 2012. We’ve created all these GTD templates for you.
Getting Things Done(1) (GTD) is a methodology prescribed by David Allen for high precision time management. GTD can be broken down into several models. It’s arguable that you don’t have to follow the GTD methodology completely to be successful in time management. There are aspects of high intensity scheduling that’s not suitable for all personalities. Nevertheless, understanding some of the key principles is important and here is how you can use Priority Matrix with GTD.
The Six-Level Model describes planning in terms of altitude:
• 50,000+ feet: Life
• 40,000 feet: Three-to-five year visions
• 30,000 feet: One-to-two year goals
• 20,000 feet: Areas of responsibility
• 10,000 feet: Current projects
• Runway: current actions
To use this method, make 6 projects in Priority Matrix, calling each the appropriate altitudes. The second model is the Four-Criteria Model:
• Time Available
• Energy Available
To combine this approach with Priority Matrix, you would name the four quadrants differently. This will be my prescribed approach to using GTD methodology in the four quadrant context. In the top left, you would have “Critical & Immediate”, on the top right, you would have “Critical & Low Effort”, on the bottom left, you would have “Critical & High Effort”, and on the bottom right, you would have, “Collection Bin”.
You can now download all these GTD templates for free. You can import these templates directly into your iPad, iPhone, Mac, or Windows app. Also, don’t forget you can create your own templates, and share it with the world!