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GTD Mastery 100: Step 20

To read my complete journey to GTD Mastery see the main post.

Step 20 to GTD Mastery is: I have all the office supplies I need (p. 92)

Page 92 in Getting Things Done refers to a list of tools for your work space.

Paper-holding trays (at least three)
A stack of plain letter-size paper
A pen/pencil
Post-its (3X3s)
Paper clips
Binder clips
A stapler and staples
Scotch tape
Rubber bands
An automatic labeler
File folders
A calendar
Wastebasket/recycling bins

You can see my paper-holding trays (with blank paper), writing tools, and post-its on my workspace.

I have decided on a paperless filing system thanks to the help of Marina Martin at Sufficient Thrust. A post will follow when my Fujitsu ScanSnap arrives. This eliminates the labeler and file folders.


My calendar is my cell phone. Currently, I need to buy some more staples.

The rest of the list can be seen in the picture below. I place the supplies in my desk drawers to avoid the clutter of bulky desktop storage. The garbage and recycling bins are within swivel distance of my desk.

And yes, my recycling bin is an Eggo Waffles box. I used to eat them religiously when I was younger.

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4 Responses to “GTD Mastery 100: Step 20”

  1. I love that your recycling is in an Eggo box! Whenever I rent a temporary apartment for an on-site client project, I use Priority Mail boxes for inbox, garbage, etc. so I have one less thing to move later on.

    Very happy to hear I inspired someone else to go paperless :) It’s made my life infinitely simpler.

  2. Ayomide! says:

    It’s so awesome that you actually recycle Chirs. And what’s even more awesome is that you’re going paperless and your recycling bin is recycled. You know, it’s even more eco-friendly (and cheaper) to use resuable paper clips instead of staples!

  3. Chris Y. says:

    Hopefully paperless does the same for me.

    My family isn’t super-green, but we do what we can. I’ve been recycling since I was little. It really isn’t that hard. Instead of dumping scrap paper in a garbage bin, dump it in some other bin and use it later.

    Unfortunately, staples are a necessity. I don’t think my profs would ever accept paper clips, but I do use them in everyday life because, like you said, they’re reusable.

    Drop by Toronto and you can try to give me a monochromatic makeover (minus the dresses and heels).

    Interesting article on flirting with boys because everything applies the other way too.

  4. paulette says:

    Good idea. You are putting things in order at the same time recycling.