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GTDDC - GTD|REFRESH: Implementing the Natural Planning Model

  • Feb 19, 2014 · 6:15 PM
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DC GTD Meetup Agenda


I. Introductions + Overview (6:30 PM)

Each member will introduce himself/herself, tell us what you do professionally, your history with GTD, and a recent success/challenge with your GTD implementation. We'll give a few minutes to discuss solutions to the challenges we all share.

II. Discussion Topic: GTD|REFRESH: Implementing the Natural Planning Model and Utilizing the Project Planning Triggers List (7:20 - 7:50 PM)

This month's topic is about implementing the tried-and-true Natural Planning Model in your productivity system. On a fundamental basis, satisfactory preconceived outcomes require good project planning; the Natural Planning Model is a great, realistic "vertical" planning tool to achieve these outcomes. The basics of the model are quite simple: define your purposes and principles for this project; envision your outcome (vis-a-vis, Covey's "think with the end in mind" habit); brainstorm ideas; organizing the best ideas to implement; and, identify next actions for the project. However, in practice, there is certainly quite a bit of room to run astray, or just plain run aground while trying to set sail on your projects! One of the helpful tools that David Allen has provided is the Project Planning Triggers list; we will discuss how to use this and streamline your project planning phase with it. Join us for a lively, engaging discussion about implementing the Natural Planning Model and to stay on course with your projects to successful completion. Bring your suggestions, tips, tricks and tools to the group discussion!

III. GTD Resource Sharing (7:50PM)

This is where everyone can offer a book title, recent blog or magazine article, tip/trick/hack, tool, service or item that has helped them in their life either with GTD or otherwise. (We compile resources discussed and post them to our Resources Page in the GTDDC Google Group. Join us there!)


IV. Announcements / Closing Remarks (7:55 PM)

Upcoming meetups, events, and programs announcements. All announcements must be sent to the Meetup Organizer within the RSVP form to announce to the group, at his/her sole discretion. Thank you!


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  • Sarah M.

    Hi again Ray. Which e-mail address should I use to invite you on to the Kanban board?-- Sarah

    February 21, 2014

  • Sarah M.

    It was very good, as usual. Ray, I plan to open another Kanbanflow account today for the group by using a different email address from the one I used for my personal account. I'll let you know how it works out--sarah

    1 · February 21, 2014

    • Ray

      Thanks for setting up this accountability kanban board for GTDDC, Sarah! I will embed it on www.teamaccountabilitypr­oject.orgonce you add me to the board.

      February 21, 2014

    • Ray

      Not sure why Meetup merged "once" with the domain, but it is: www.teamaccountabilitypr­

      February 21, 2014

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