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GTD Mastery 100: Step 9

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

Step 9 to GTD Mastery is: I have a Master Projects List.

My HipRock serves as my projects list.

It’s created using the Current Project Outline report from Thinking Rock.

This report lists all my projects and sub-projects in bold. The project’s next action is in normal text. Inactive/future project actions are in grey text. You can see this below.


Leo over at Zen Habits wrote a great series on his simplified GTD system, ZTD (Zen to Done). ZTD focuses on simplicity and your goals. Needless to say, when Leo expanded ZTD into a full eBook, I purchased a copy. In the book, he expands upon his ten habits to ZTD Mastery (sounds familiar). The 8th habit is to eliminate all but the absolute essential tasks. With this in mind, I’ve cut down significantly on my projects, either moving them to Someday/Maybe or simply deleting them.

Like my next actions list, ThinkingRock’s projects report creates a PDF file. My projects’ PDF is always less than 2 pages. I’m able to print all my projects and all their actions on the other side of my next actions list.

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4 Responses to “GTD Mastery 100: Step 9”

  1. Just wanted to say that I’m *loving* this series. I always enjoy reading about others’ productivity systems, and I really appreciate the thought and effort you’re putting into this series.

  2. Chris Y. says:

    And I appreciate the thought and effort of your kind words.

    It’s funny how our commenters’ blogs end up on my blogroll. Keep up the great content (*love* your “How to Read 423 Feeds”).

  3. paulette says:

    The idea of having a masterlist of all work is great. I was thingking of making 1 too. I bet the listing will be important to you in the future.