GTD in OneNote for the cloud

Get organized with GTD in OneNote for Windows 10, IOS, Android and Mac OS X. This is how I organize my GTD lists in the newest cloud version of OneNote, which Microsoft simply calls OneNote.

OneNote

I make a section for my Inbox at the top that is the default location for saved notes that I can enter from the quick entry or from clippings with the OneNote browser extension.

I also use my GTD notebook to hold a Journal of some daily activity. This is not strictly part of GTD but it works somewhat like the tickler file where I can enter dates and things in the future also.

I then put the standard Reference, Someday/Maybe, Waiting For, and Project Plan  sections  next. Inside those tabs each item has it’s own OneNote page with as much or as little information on it as I need. Often my pages are just the heading and nothing else.

Next are my Contexts. These will be personal to your own work, but @Home, @Work, @Errands, @PC are often popular contexts to keep track of each place you do tasks.

I can easily drag the pages up and down to prioritize them inside each section or between sections to move them out of Waiting For back to a Context or into Someday Maybe or wherever they should go. This is a key feature that makes it easy to use pages to move them around and between different lists as you decide how to organize what you are doing. Moving things out of a Context and into Someday/Maybe or Waiting For or into Reference if you are done with the task but may want to refer to it later.

For an example of how this makes prioritization easy you can see here in my @Grocery list I have the produce listed first since in most Grocery stores the produce section is in the front when you first walk in the door.

I have tried lots of different GTD software over the years from command line scripts, Emacs, Evernote and paper notebooks, but I keep ending up back in OneNote since it is free, works everywhere and has a clipping extension for browsers to save things from the web that I want to refer to later.

Favorite Podcasts of 2019

I listen to lots of podcasts, mostly about paleo lifestyle, investing, business and software.  These are my favorite feeds that I have listened to this year.

Primal Blueprint

Interviews about primal diet and lifestyle. Eating based on a paleo style template and also lifestyle to keep you healthy with a focus on sleep, exercise, going outside in the sun, play and social relations.

Sustainable Dish

A podcast about sustainable production of real food with eco-friendly livestock farming and nutrition that is backed up with science.

Trend Following

Trend following investing podcast that has morphed over the last few years into an unapolagetic business and lifestyle podcast.

Chat With Traders

Great interviews with traders and investors to help you understand new ways to approach markets, trading, and investing.

No Agenda Show

Deconstructing the news of the day to keep you up to date and provide an alternative view into what the mainstream media is talking about. The podcast is supported by listener/producer donations so they are not held to any advertiser friendly content guidelines.  New album art every episode.

Getting Things Done

This blog post started as an item on my GTD blogging list. How to get all the ideas out of your head and into a system that lets you organize and clarify the things you should be doing right now.

Masters in Business

Business and investing interviews covering broad areas of the business and finance world.

Indie Hackers

About the business of software from the perspective of individual founders who are delivering real products to end users.

Software Engineering Radio

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Interviews about software engineering in use today.  You can learn and apply it to your own systems.  Depending on the interview some of them are higher level and some of them go quite in depth into source code and practices.

Microsoft Research

Interviews with Microsoft researchers about things they are working on for current software systems and also the things that will shape the future of computing.  Often these inverviews are very high level and over my head until doing further research and learning when something sounds interesting.