Why are we outlining our core habits? We want to align everyone in the team and provide the minimum knowledge necessary for anyone in the team to add value to the company. By writing out our company’s core habits we aim to clarify how everyone should operate within the team.
Getting Things Done (GTD) is a time-management method, described in a book of the same title by productivity consultant David Allen. The GTD method rests on the idea of moving planned tasks and projects out of the mind by recording them externally and then breaking them into actionable work items. This allows one to focus attention on taking action on tasks, instead of on recalling them.
Allen uses the analogy of RAM and hard drives. People have a max. storage space (RAM) that allows them to store information in their minds. The GTD method encourages people to move things out of their RAM and into a trusted hard drive. If you don't trust the storage device then you won't take the tasks out of your mind. Having a trusted storage device allows you to throw tasks out of your mind because the system will return them to you when they become relevant again.
Within our team, we put this method to practice primarily through Asana. We want to improve what we do on a daily basis because we value excellence, which can be achieved by executing and GTD. Ideas cannot add value if they remain ideas and are not put into action. By breaking down our ideas into actionable tasks using Asana we are able and responsible to organize ourselves so we can get things done. Here are some practical Asana guidelines that we use to implement the GTD method within our company:
We respect each other’s time and demonstrate this by showing up on time for meetings and finishing on time. A couple of things that help us do this are: