Time management: Get productive with Nozbe, the best cross platform GTD app!

Getting Things Done with Nozbe

If you use GTD (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity) as your way to manage your tasks and projects, Nozbe is the best solution, especially if you use multi devices.

Why Nozbe?

It uses the GTD methodology.

GTD is a task/action management methodology that was created and made very popular (especially among technical people) by David Allen in his bestselling book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Rather than working with daily to do list (that will get blown away when your boss enters your office and ‘asks’ to make that presentation or report he has to present at 2 pm) David Allen introduced a system where you assign tasks or actions to a context where these tasks can be performed (eg. At the office, on-line, at a computer, at the phone, ..) And you bundle tasks in projects. Nozbe is designed to follow this methodology.

Secure Cloud service

Nozbe can sync over WiFi but also over a data connection from your Desktop client, iPhone, iPad or Android phone. The synchronization is seamless. And since you sync in the Cloud, you have access to your Nozbe data on almost any device or computer.

Multi-platform

Nozbe is available on several platforms. I use Nozbe on my laptop (Windows), iPhone4 and my iPad. There is a version for Android and a Windows Phone 7 version coming soon. It is also available as a native application for Windows and Mac. And I must admit the native Windows Nozbe App rocks. Since Nozbe syncs perfectly in the Cloud, I can always have my updated Nozbe anywhere if I’m connected.

Nice interface

The web interface is nice and elegant, as is the newly released Windows application. The desktop version is also easy to use, but it needs some improvements in my opinion, like the ability to drag an Action to a Context or Project. But an important feature (for me and a lot of other users) is available and that is sorting Projects alphabetically.
The web interface is even more fluent and you can drag and drop Actions to a Project, Contexts or the Calendar.

Third party software integration

Nozbe integrates with other software like Evernote, Dropbox and Box.net. This means, if you use tags in Evernote or a folder in Dropbox or Box.net with the same name as your Project in Nozbe, these files will be included to that project.
The Email integration is also cool. I have written a dedicated blog post on how to master Email and Nozbe.

Super Quick Entry

You can enter a task in one line, using # hashtags and @context symbols, and Nozbe will create the task, add it to the correct Project, context, even due date. This is a big timesaver!

I am using Nozbe since a while now, with ups and downs (getting off and on the GTD train sometimes) and the more I use it, the more I get impressed and convinced of it. It is not the cheapest GTD software available on the market but it is probably the best.
You can get your free account at Nozbe (5 projects and contexts) and if you upgrade it to a Personal, Family (5 users) or Team (20 users) account, you can use the 60 days money back guarantee. But trust me, you won’t need the money-back guarantee!

Give it a try!


Getting Things Done with Nozbe

If you use GTD (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity) as your way to manage your tasks and projects, Nozbe is the best solution, especially if you use multi devices.

Why Nozbe?

It uses the GTD methodology.

GTD is a task/action management methodology that was created and made very popular (especially among technical people) by David Allen in his bestselling book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Rather than working with daily to do list (that will get blown away when your boss enters your office and ‘asks’ to make that presentation or report he has to present at 2 pm) David Allen introduced a system where you assign tasks or actions to a context where these tasks can be performed (eg. At the office, on-line, at a computer, at the phone, ..) And you bundle tasks in projects. Nozbe is designed to follow this methodology.

Secure Cloud service

Nozbe can sync over WiFi but also over a data connection from your Desktop client, iPhone, iPad or Andriod phone. The synchronization is seamless. And since you sync in the Cloud, you have access to your Nozbe data on almost any device or computer.

Multi-platform

Nozbe is available on several platforms. I use Nozbe on my laptop (Windows), iPhone4 and my iPad. There is a version for Android and a Windows Phone 7 version coming soon. It is also available as a native application for Windows and Mac. And I must admit the native Windows Nozbe App rocks. Since Nozbe syncs perfectly in the Cloud, I can always have my updated Nozbe anywhere if I’m connected.

Nice interface

The web interface is nice and elegant, as is the newly released Windows application. The desktop version is also easy to use, but it needs some improvements in my opinion, like the ability to drag an Action to a Context or Project. But an important feature (for me and a lot of other users) is available and that is sorting Projects alphabetically.

The web interface is even more fluent and you can drag and drop Actions to a Project, Contexts or the Calendar.

Third party software integration

Nozbe integrates with other software like Evernote, DropBox and Box.net. This means, if you use tags in Evernote or a folder in Dropbox or Box.net with the same name as your Project in Nozbe, these files will be included to that project.

The Email integration is also cool. I have written a dedicated blog post on how to master Email and Nozbe.

Super Quick Entry

You can enter a task in one line, using # hashtags and @context symbols, and Nozbe will create the task, add it to the correct Project, context, even due date. This is a timesaver!

I am using Nozbe since a while now, with ups and downs (getting off and on the GTD train sometimes) and the more I use it, the more I get impressed and convinced of it. It is not the cheapest GTD software available on the market but it is probably the best.

You can get your free account at Nozbe (5 projects and context) and if you upgrade it to a Personal, Family (5 users) or Team (20 users) account, you can use the 60 days money back guarantee. But trust me, you won’t need the money-back guarantee!

Give it a try!

GTD: I get stress from Actions that aren’t Actions, but should be projects (or several Actions)

This is  just a very short Blog Post but I thought it was important enough to post.

Since a few days I have a feeling of anxiety and stress. Even though I am following the rules of GTD and am doing weekly reviews. At least, I thought I was doing GTD. But then I took a small break to have a view from a distance and thought at what causes my fear. After a few minutes I think I found the reason. At least, I think that now, but we’ll see in a few days or weeks.

I had Actions that actually should be Projects, or should be split into several Actions. So now I am converting these actions to Projects or I make smaller chunks so i don’t have an action that can take 8 hours. This looks banal, but if you ask me, that’s what GTD is all about. Little banal tricks to make you more productive and Get Things Done.
These little thing make big things happen for me.

The New Nozbe 2.0 iPhone App: Review and What I think about it!

On May 11th, 10 days after my ‘The near future of Nozbe (on iPhone) looks promising.’ post, Nozbe 2.0 for iPhone was released in the AppStore. As I was waiting for this version, I downloaded the moment I could. In this post I’ll try to explain the (new) features, what it means to you and me and what I think about it.

Nozbe for iPhone v2.0

The first thing that has changed is the logo. The logo is refreshed and I like it. Nothing more to say about that, it is just a nice logo. The home screen of the Nozbe 2.0 for iPhone has changed slightly. There was a great demand for an Inbox, and since it was implemented in a previous release of Nozbe on-line, it is also implemented in the iPhone App. For the rest, the menu remains the same except the Inbox is added (Inbox, Next Actions, Projects, Contexts, Calendar), but the layout has changed, and there are new icons.  The icons at the bottom of the page have the same functionality as the previous version, but for them who haven’t used Nozbe for iPhone before, there are 5 icons as you can see in the screenshots

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On May 11th Nozbe 2.0 for iPhone was released in the AppStore. As I was waiting for this version, I downloaded the moment I could. In this post I’ll try to explain the (new) features, what it means to you and me and what I think about it.

Nozbe for iPhone v2.0

The first thing that has changed is the logo. The logo is refreshed and I like it. Nothing more to say about that, it is just a nice logo. The home screen of the Nozbe 2.0 for iPhone has changed slightly. There was a great demand for an Inbox, and since it was implemented in a previous release of Nozbe on-line, it is also implemented in the iPhone App. For the rest, the menu remains the same except the Inbox is added (Inbox, Next Actions, Projects, Contexts, Calendar), but the layout has changed, and there are new icons.  The icons at the bottom of the page have the same functionality as the previous version, but for them who haven’t used Nozbe for iPhone before, there are 5 icons as you can see in the screenshots

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I added 1 2 3 4 5 above the icons in the picture above. These figures match the list hereunder.

  1. Go to the Home screen (this screen)
  2. Show the Next Actions
  3. Sync with Nozbe online
  4. Add New action/Note/Project or Context (see extra screenshot) (Power Add Button)
  5. Add an Action

screenshot of menu item 4 Power add Button:

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Adding a new action (5) will add a new action in the current Project. You can enter a description and Edit the Details.
In the details you can easy check it as done, make a Next Action of that Action, assign it to somebody else (remark:your Project where you create this action in must be shared) or add a comment. It is also possible to change the Project, add one or more contexts, set a time for that action, enter a Due Date with or without an hour(extra screenshot) and there are very nice and easy to use buttons to set the due day to Next Monday, Tuesday, … of Next day, week, month or year) and you can also define a recurrence.

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When adding a new Project, you can edit the details.
In these details you can specify a label, you can Share it and make it your Inbox.When you want to share the Project with somebody you didn’t share anything with before, you can invite that person via an email. This is all pretty straightforward.

Adding a note will bring you to the Edit note page, but it is strange that this doesn’t use the Inbox, but uses a random Project (at least, I didn’t found a pattern in it except it uses the same Project)

Adding New Context will allow you to create a new Context and assign an icon to it.

What does this mean?

It will definitely be easier to use Nozbe on an iPhone. The fact that you can use Nozbe on iPhone without having to create a Nozbe account might be a step forward to have somebody use it without registration, but then the price of the App would obstruct this advantage.

The navigation and collaboration features are really nice and being able to comment on your tasks might be useful in some cases.

Being able to sync files within the App is certainly a great feature. Now you carry your presentations, documents, .. with you, attached to the Project. I was only able to open a Word document (.doc) and a PDF. These files failed:  and docx, ppt(x)(s) failed when I created these document in my Office 2010. I could not open them in the iPhone App.

What I think :

This is definitely a fantastic step forward for Nozbe iPhone users. The new layout is easy to use and gives peace of mind. The collaboration functions (delegate) and comments is also a nice features.

The fact that you can carry files with you in your trusted GTD system would be just great if it worked like it should. I’m not quite sure if this is a Apple, Nozbe or Microsoft Office 2010 issue.

Since this is the first release of V2.0, there is some serious margin for improvements. Here is a list of improvements I would like to see.

Wish list: (in order of importance for me)

  1. In the Next Actions overview the project should be listed somewhere (next to the Context icon?)
  2. Integration with Evernote®
  3. It should be possible to filter on context in the Next Actions overview.
  4. Adding an action should also be possible in horizontal mode. Now it is just modifying an action that is horizontal-enable.
    In fact, I think the whole application should be available in horizontal mode
  5. Notifications on iPhone (overview of what has a deadline that day)
  6. Notification via :Direct message on Twitter, email, text, ..
  7. Nozbe users should have the ability to upload their own icons,
  8. The Help functions is acting not logical. It starts with the Add New Action, then moves left to the Sync, then left to Home, then right to Next Actions and then right to Add more. Even I move my finger each time from right to left on the screen.

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Using Email and Nozbe : One page to master it all

I was recently searching on the exact syntax to add Actions and/or to email them so they’ll arrive , with or without notes in the Inbox or in a Project in Nozbe.

On the Nozbe blog there were several posts that refer to each other and my purpose is to create this one page overview with everything you need to know when sending email to Nozbe. Since GTD is also about having an ubiquitous capturing tool, this is the ubiquitous Email to Nozbe page.

So, here is my overview of everything you need to know when sending emails to Nozbe.

First of all, it’s important to understand the “Nozbe language”

Syntax

The syntax for a (Next)action is simple

Example:
Write a blog post about Email and Nozbe #blog @computer @home on today %30 min !

You just have to follow this syntax :

  • #projectname : Add a # sign before the name of the project
  • @context : Add a @sign before the context. Multiple contexts can be used.
  • dates : write the date in the action like ‘On today’ , ‘ on tomorrow’, ‘next week’, ‘on June 18”. Nozbe understands these all. If you use a date, you also need to use “on” or “at” before the date. If you use next week or  next month,  you don’t need to use the prefix.

I was recently searching on the exact syntax to add Actions and/or to email them so they’ll arrive , with or without notes in the Inbox or in a Project in Nozbe.

On the Nozbe blog there were several posts that refer to each other and my purpose is to create this one page overview with everything you need to know when sending email to Nozbe. Since GTD is also about having an ubiquitous capturing tool, this is the ubiquitous Email to Nozbe page.

So, here is my overview of everything you need to know when sending emails to Nozbe.

First of all, it’s important to understand the “Nozbe language”

Syntax

The syntax for a (Next)action is simple

Example:
Write a blog post about Email and Nozbe #blog @computer @home on today %30 min !

You just have to follow this syntax :

  • #projectname : Add a # sign before the name of the project
  • @context : Add a @sign before the context. Multiple contexts can be used.
  • dates : write the date in the action like ‘On today’ , ‘ on tomorrow’, ‘next week’, ‘on June 18”. Nozbe understands these all. If you use a date, you also need to use “on” or “at” before the date. If you use next week or  next month,  you don’t need to use the prefix.

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The near future of Nozbe (on iPhone) looks promising.

Today Michael Sliwinski  posted a new blog post on Nozbe.

For me the interesting part (at this moment) is the paragraph about the new iPhone. Nozbe has set up a partnership with Macoscope, a Polish software house that is specialized in development for the Apple platform.

The last modifications were done and the new Nozbe iPhone application is submitted to the Appstore. I can’t wait to start using it. It will be a paying App, and I hope it will not cost too much, but it will definitely add value to the Nozbe application. I’m currently using the version 1.0.2 which is a quite simple application that lacks lots of functionality. Continue reading

Nozbe and what to do on your IPhone when you changed you passwordNozbe and what to do on your IPhone when you changed you password

I started testing with a free account of NOZBE and Since i am an Iphone user, installed the application on my Iphone. After changing the password in the webinterface of Nozbe my Iphone didn’t sync anymore because of the password mismatch.

On my iphone I couldn’t find the screen where I could change of enter my username and or password, so I started googling for it. After somewhate more then 10 minutes the answer was clear. Currenlty you can’t change your password on the  Iphone.  It is documented in the forum.

The workaround is to de-instal NOZBE on your Iphone and reinstall it from the Appstore. Ofcourse no data is lost since everything is stored on the NOZBE servers.

My RememberTheMilk configurationMijn RememberTheMilk configuratie

Since a few weeks I have been following the #GTD hash on twitter and there are a lot of questions of which (web based) software to use.  Therefore I have taken some screenshots of my RememberTheMilk configuration so you can actually see the difference between the default RememberTheMilk and the customized one. The customization is done with some Greasemonkey scripts. Hence, they only work on a Firefox based browser.

In my RTM configuration I use 3 Greasemonkey scripts.

  1. Remember The Milk – Tag Cloud Colorizer
  2. Remember The Milk – Keep Cloud Visible
  3. Remember The Milk – display keyboard shortcuts

Here is a screenshot (Figure1) of how my RememberTheMilk looks without any customization. Sinds enkele weken volg ik #GTD op Twitter en er zijn veel vragen van welke software (op het web) je kan gebruiken.  Daarom heb ik enkele screenshots van mijn RememberTheMilk configuratie genomen zodat je het verschil tussen de standaard RememberTheMilk en de aangepaste duidelijk kan zien. De aanpassing zijn gedaan met Greasemonkey scripts. Daarom zijn ze alleen werken op een op basis van Firefox-browser.

In mijn RTM configuratie gebruik ik 3 Greasemonkey scripts.

  1. Remember The Milk – Tag Cloud Colorizer
  2. Remember The Milk – Keep Cloud Visible
  3. Remember The Milk – display keyboard shortcuts

Hieronder kan je een screenshot zien (Figure1)  hoe de standaard RememberTheMilk eruit ziet, zonder aanpassingen. Veel mensen op Twitter (inclusief mijzelf) vinden deze interface niet erg gebruiksvriendelijk, zeker niet als je met de verticale verantwoordelijkheids niveaus van Getting Things Done (GTD) werkt. (Actions, Projecten, Areas of responsibility, Goals, Visie, Life goals). Continue reading

Performing a mindsweepEen mindsweep doen

One of the base principles of Getting Things Done is to obtain a “Mind like water”. Your mind is good for having ideas, not for holding them. That’s why you need to capture everything out of your head, and into a trusted system.

But please pay attention. Its takes about 20 days before you really can trust your trusted system. You need to be able to change and to adapt these changes in your way of work.
Before you continue reading this article, please take a look at this one.

Hereunder you can find a way to perform your Mindsweep. It is based on a Mindsweep Twitter session @GTDCoachKelly  executed via @GTDSpecialEvent
Take pen and paper or some a new document on your computer. Get ready to capture what’s on your mind.

  • This is a capture only. Don’t analyze , process or organize.. Just capture!
  • The primary question you have to ask yourself is: What has my attention?
  • Now start writing down
  • Are there upcoming meetings, projects, ..
  • Anything you have attention to regarding your spouse, partner, kids, family
  • Don’t worry on what you are going to do about it. Just capture. The processing will be done later.
  • Do you have concerns regarding your health, sport?
  • Are there things you noted somewhere else (tasks, projects) write is down. You still have some attention on it
  • Anything with your laptop, equipment, car you have attention on?
  • Look around (real life or virtual) you. Anything you would like to see different in your environment? What’s not exactly how you want it?
  • Write down as much as possible. Don’t be afraid of the possible workload this mindsweep might create. You can always park things
  • What about your E-mail Inbox? Or the Sent Items? Any open issues there?
  • Scan your calendar, some weeks in the past and some weeks in the future.
  • Are there upcoming birthday presents to buy, or Christmas presents?
  • It might be enough to write some keyword just to remind you, like “SharePoint Conference” . You should process it later
  • Some longer term stuff might also have your attention, like your career, family , …
  • Maybe some things you want to do like a parachute or bungee jump, learn a foreign language, …
  • Go for a long, complete list, your mind will be grateful!
  • Oh yeah, this list doesn’t have to be executed tomorrow

So now you have captured what’s on you mind. This is phase 1 of a 5 phased process. The next steps are processing and organizing the Mindsweep.
Good luck with it!

 

 

Eén van de basisprincipes van Getting  Things Done is het hebben van een Mind like water. Je hersenen zijn zeer goed voor het hebben van ideeën, niet voor het houden ervan. Daarom moet je trachten zoveel mogelijk te verzamelen en bij te houden in een systeem dat je vertrouwd.

 Let op, dit vergt enige aanpassing in je algemene manier van werken, en je moet je ‘trusted system’ een kans geven, want het duurt ongeveer 20 dagen voor je aangepast bent aan een verandering.

Lees eerst even dit artikel (in het Engels) voor je van start gaat met de mindsweep

Hier kan je enkele tips vinden voor een Mindsweep.  Dit artikel is gebaseerd op een live Twitter sessie van   @GTDCoachKelly  via @GTDSpecialEvent

  • Neem pen en papier, of een andere vorm om je gedachten te noteren.
  • We gaan enkel verzamelen, niet analyseren, verwerken of organiseren…..  ENKEL  schrijven
  • De primaire vraag die je jezelf moet stellen: Waar gaat mijn aandacht naartoe?
  • Begin nu met op te schrijven naar waar je aandacht gaat.
  • Zijn er vergaderingen die eraan zitten te komen. Of een project, een installatie bij een klant?
  • Vraagt je vriendin, vrouw, man, kind of andere familie je  aandacht?
  • Niet beginnen nadenken over wat je nu noteert. Niet denken aan wat je op dit moment aan het doen bent voor sommige aandachtspunten.
  • Zijn er bepaalde zaken betreffende je gezondheid die je wel aan het doen bent in je hoofd, maar nog niets voor gedaan hebt
  • Zijn er zaken die je toch al ergens genoteerd hebt, noteer ze nogmaals je deze mindsweep.
  • Moet je iets doen voor je uitrusting, computer, laptop, ….
  • Kijk nu rond naar de ruimte waar je nu zit (bureau?). Wat is er niet EXACT zoals jij het zou willen. Noteer het
  • Heb geen bang om ZO VEEL mogelijk, zoniet alles te noteren omdat je bang bent van de werklast. Je kan altijd zaken parkeren voor later.
  • Hoe zit het met je Inbox? Of je Sent Emails? Scan deze om te zien dat er geen e-mails zijn die je aandacht vragen (bewust of onbewust)
  • Bekijk nu je kalender. Ga een paar weken terug in de tijd en een paar weken in de toekomst. Verzamel zoveel mogelijk informatie.
  • Verjaart er iemand binnenkort, of moet je Kerstcadeaus kopen. Noteer het!
  • Als je veel tijd hebt: Wat roept je aandacht als je van kamer naar kamer gaat. Noteer het. (of ga virtueel van kamer naar kamer)
  • Wees niet bang voor een grote, lange lijst. Je mind zal je dankbaar zijn!
  • Je moet niet alles morgen uitgevoerd hebben J
  • Is er iets dat je ooit wel eens wilt doen, noteer het (bvb. Spaans leren, parachutesprong doen, …)

 Je hebt nu enkel verzameld. Nu moet je voor al deze zaken verwerken en organiseren. Dit kost ook tijd, maar het is de moeite waard, anders is de Mindsweep waardeloos.

Step 3: Organize Stap 3: Organiseer

The next step in the process work flow is organize.


You organize everything in a set of lists which you can use to track the items awaiting your attention. It doesn’t matter where this list is. You can have it on a computer, a PDA, IPhone, on paper, on your legs. It doesn’t matter (except for yourself, especially if the list is on your legs :-) ) where you keep these lists, as long as you have it. I’ll provide my setup in a later post.

Next actions

All next actions are gathered in this list. You can (and please do so:-) ) provide a context to these next actions. This context are extra information for how/where/which they can be don, such as :

  • In the office
  • at the phone
  • at the computer
  • at the store

An example is at the phone. Imagine you just had a great lunch meeting, but your stomach is demanding more attention and all your blood and power is concentrated to digest your great meal. Maybe this is a good moment to do some phone calls. Some low level, low brainpower phone-calls. Then you take your next action list and filter on the context ‘at the phone’.  The execution of actions is also related to your physical and mental energy. If your energylevel is very low, like you have the thinking peformance of an insect, what do you need to do.. Low level next actions. You can refill your stapler or give your plants in the office some water, or organise your email, or desk. (you can be sure that at a certain moment, when you are full of energy, and need to staple some important documents for and important business criticall meeting you run out of staples … Use your ‘braindead’ moments good :-)

Project

If something you have to complete takes more than 2 next actions, it is  aproject. It might be someway difficult to get used to this idea (it was for me), but it helps a lot. Theses projects should be reviewed regulary to make sure every (current) project has a next action associated with it, and hence can be moved forward.

Waiting for

On this list all actions are stored that have been delegated to someone else. So before you can proceed the project this is tracked in this list and you should check it periodically if an action is due or needs a reminder to be sent.

Someday/Maybe

These are possible later action things. Somethingyou might do, but not now, maybe mater, maybe not.  You might do this someday, but not right now. For example “look for a holiday to Venice” or “learn Microsoft SharePoint development”

The calendar

Your calender is important to keep track of all appointments and commitments. The calendar contains the big stones you can put into a bigg glass. When you fill the glass with big stones, there is still plenty place left to keep filling it with little stones, and eventually with sand. So don’t fill in your calendar for 100% , because you will get interuptions that will mess up your schedule. Don’t plan more then 60% of your day.

What else is on your agenda? Everything that would ‘die’ if you don’t do it at that time. for example deadline driven next actions

De volgende stap in de workflow is organiseren.

Je organiseert alles in lijsten zodat je de openstaande acties kan opvolgen. Het maakt eigenlijk echt niet uit waar deze lijst is. Je kan ze bijhouden op je computer, op een PDA, op je IPhone, op papier of je kan ze zelfs op je benen schrijven (het maakt uiteraard wel uit voor jezelf als je ze op je benen schrijft :-) ), zolang dat je de lijst(en) maar hebt. Ik zal in een volgende post mijn GTD installatie beschrijven.

Next actions

Alle next actions zijn verzameld en staan genoteerd in deze lijst. Je kan (en ik raad het sterk aan) een context voorzien voor deze next actions. De context is extra informatie over hoe, waar of waarmee je deze next action kan voltooien. Enkele voorbeelden :

  • Op kantoor
  • aan de telefoon
  • aan de computer
  • op het internet
  • in de winkel

Waarom is deze context belangrijk? Stel je hebt net een goede lunch meeting gehad, maar op moment dat je terug op kantoor bent gaat al je beschikbare energie naar je spijsvertering. Dit is misschien een goed moment om wat telefoontjes te doen. Enkele low level, low brainpower telefoongesprekken die je dan kan voltooien en afpunten op je lijst.  Je neemt dus de lijst next action met context aan de telefoon en voila, daar heb je een overzicht van alle telefoongesprekken die je nog moet voeren.

Een algemene regel is dat je energieniveau ook zeer belangrijk is. Zowel je lichamelijke als je psychologische energie. Als je energieniveau en je denkkracht nog de grootte heeft van een insect, wat moet je dan doen. Dingen die je kan doen met deze niveaus van energie of denkkracht. Vul je nietjesmachine bij, of geef je planten in kantoor water (wacht niet tot ze afgestorven zijn) Geloof me, als je dit niet doet zal je op een bepaalde dag, wanneer je een overvloed aan energie en denkkracht hebt een document afdrukken, en dit document moet je meenemen naar een superbelangrijke vergadering maar je moet het eerst nog nieten. Net dan merk je dat je nietjesmachine zonder nietjes staat te staan op je bureau. –> STRESS.
Of ineens merk je op dat alle planten in je kantoor dood zijn…
Gebruik je ‘braindead’ momenten goed :-)

Project

Als de voltooing van iets meer dan 2 next actions vereist, is het een project. Yep, soms moet ik zelf nog aan dit idee wennen, maar het is wel iets dat werkt. Deze projecten dien je regelmatig na te kijken om zeker te zijn dat elk project zijn next action heeft om het project verder te sturen richting voltooing.

Waiting for

Op deze lijst houd je alle actions bij die je gedelegeerd hebt naar iemand anders. Via deze lijst kan je deze acties allemaal opvolgen en indien nodig een herinnering sturen.

Someday/Maybe

Dit is de lijst bevat  eigenlijk niet ‘actionable’ zaken die je misschien later zou kunnen doen. bvb ‘informatie zoeken voor een reis naar Peru’ of ‘leren ontwikkelen op SharePoint’

De kalender

Je kalender gebruik je om je afspraken bij te houden. De opvulling ervan is eigenlijk een zeer groot glas waat je stenen in legt. Tussen de stenen is er nog plaats voor kleine keitjes , en daarna is er nog plaats voor zand en daarna nog voor water. Dus je agenda bevat de ‘grote’ zaken. Plan nooit meer dan 60% van je dag, want als je dit wel doet ga je serieuze problemen krijgen als er iets of iemand tussenkomt.

Wat staat er nog in je kalender? Alles dat zou sterven (ik vind de uitspraak ‘Anything that would die’ zo goed dat ik ze in het Nederlands gewoon letterlijk vertaal maar het klinkt veel serieuzer in het Engels). Dus alles dat een negatief gevolg kan hebben als je het niet voltooid voor een bepaald tijdstip. Alle deadline gestuurde acties dus.


The Next ActionDe Next Action

What exactly does the next action mean?

Well, the next action is the next physical action you need to do to in order to move the current situation to completion.

Some examples :

  • Talk to David about the book we need to buy (improve competence)
  • Call Vanessa to schedule a meeting for marketing activities next month   (marketing campaign july 2009)
  • Make a mind map for items to blog about  (update my blog)

These actions are real physical actions that need to happen. If I do them, I will move forward to completion (of a project).  (an example of a project is written between brackets next the the next action in the list above)

The basic idea is that a project exists of more next actions, but everything (or every project) needs a (one)  next action to go forward to become completed.Wat betekent de next action eigenlijk?

De next action is de eerstvolgende fysieke activiteit die  je moet uitvoeren om de huidige situatie te laten evolueren naar uitgevoerd.

Enkele voorbeelden van next actions :

  • Bespreek met David om het boek te bestellen dat wij nodig hebben  (verhoog de competentie)
  • Bel Vanessa om een vergadering te plannen over onze marketing activiteiten voor volgende maand  (marketing campagne juli 2009)
  • Maak een Mindmap over de onderwerpen waarover ik kan bloggen   (update mijn blog)

Deze acties zijn effectief fysieke acties die uitgevoerd moeten worden. Als ik ze uitvoer, zal dat het project waarvoor ze dienen richting voltooiing sturen. (een voorbeeld van een project is naast de next actions genoteerd tussen haakjes in de lijst hierboven)

Het basis idee is dus dat een project bestaat uit meerdere next actions, maar alles, of alle projecten hebben een next action nodig om voltooid te geraken.