“Collect” is the first step of GTD mentioned in David’ book “Getting Things Done” . it really comes down to simple three principles as mentioned in David’s book “getting Things Done”
- “Get it all out of you head”
Its is also referenced as “ubiquitous capturing” introduced by 43folders Merlin Mann. it is very simple and powerful,. all you got to do is write down on piece of paper when something come across in your head and get your attention. this is something you can try right now and gigantic step toward to being creative. the most common moments for this ubiquitous capturing are probably:
- “i got an idea.”
you can still use paper of course, but it is often the case that the brainstorming on paper napkin at cafe will easily get lost. Evernote is great companion for this purpose. it stores voice, picture, text, article on web site, which yo can store all of your inspiration.
- “oops i should do it”
this is the key component for performing GTD’s primal principle of “Managing Action is the Prime Challenge”. various ToDo type of tools are available these days and hard to make choice which one is good for you. if you seriously commit yourself to GTD. i highly recommend “Omni Focus”, which is the most powerful ToDo application based upon very principles of GTD. i will mention why in later articles in “Execute” for reasons.
besides those self-taalking stuff, it is also true that most people rely on internet nowadays to gather all information; e-mail, RSS feed, social feed like twitter or Facebook.
- “minimise the number of collection buckets”
in the number of device sense, one smart phone can do them all, but in the number of application sense, you have to deal with various apps to capture information from internet, ideas and reminder. it is also true now you have multiple inbox inside of one device. one for; social medias reminder, e-mail, RSS feed ,etc. you have to switch between apps to capture all information , which is very painful and time consuming.
- “Empty the buckets regularly”
imagine yourself 17:00 at work with inbox indicating zero, and you even know there are no more task due that day, you probably go back home without any worry and come back to the work next day with clear head. it is hardly achieved in modern complicated business context. “Empty the bucket “ habit not only gives those clear he’d feeling but also forces you to make front-end decision on incoming information, which is really the core concept of GTD.it you can easily imagine that it very depressing that you know leaving 1000 unprocessed e-mail in inbox.
To collude this set ion smart phone can be vey useful to practice GTD methodology, but it could introduce the new problem of “NO universal inbox to gather information from net and self talking stuff stored in same inbox for further decision making, so that switching between apps required”