GTD for People Living in Transition Countries

"Like mine, Romania. It’s an European country that recently made his entry into European Union, proving a strong desire to let go the communist past. It’s a marvelous country, one of the most beautiful I know. The only problem is that we do have a somehow faible economy, although growing extremely fast, and a lot of cultural burden, related to the years of totalitarian regime and economical difficulties. You can add to that the fear that political police, the Securitate, induced in our behaviour for most than a half a century.

So how we can become productive in such an environment? How does GTD scale in this specific context? Is there a use after all for GTD in this incredibly fast changing economy?..

…4. Use simple tools, but effective, don’t go for cheap and low quality, but for medium expensive and reliable. For years I used paper, several notpeads that I filled with everyday tasks. I kept them somewhere in some boxes, several dozens. If moleskine would be available in Romania, I would probably become addicted to them. Once a task done, an OK appeard after it. But no daily review, no weekly review, no 2 minute rule, no contexts. Really spartan. Once I passed this organizing activity to the computer, I quickly evolved from desktop to laptop, and from Linux to Mac. Now I use a MacBookPro (a little on the expensive edge, but still affordable) and a digital tool for GTD: ThinkingRock. There is also a rule on the Steve Pavlina site regarding what kind of stuff you should buy in order to be productive, and I must agree that I always had the best chair that I ever afforded 🙂 …""

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