Moleskine: The Perfect Notebook?

I’ve been using a Moleskine notebook for several years.  I was introduced to them through the GTD program by David Allen.  What makes the Moleskine line of notebooks special is their solid construction & unique history

Currently there are 9 different types of notebooks so you’re sure to find one that’s right for you.  I’m partial to the Pocket Size with grid paper, although I’m thinking about changing to blank paper to help foster some creativity (think outside the lines).

I’m planning on picking up a City Notebook for Chicago before my next trip up there.  If it’s as functional as I hope I’ll be picking up city Notebooks for my planned trips to New York & Washington DC next spring.

I like to keep everything stored electronically but there are times when the laptop & PDA just won’t do…  One of my favorite brainstorming tricks is to hit up the local coffee shop with some new tunes on the iPod, my Moleskine & my favorite pen.  Tune out the world, consume some quality caffeine & capture all of the ideas that come pouring out.

Do you have a favorite tool that helps you get the job done?  Leave us a comment & tell us about it!

GTD Review and a seasonal photograph

I ran across a really good review of Gettng Things Done by David Allen at The Simple Dollar website. Trent does a great job describing the various chapters in the book and gives it a buy recomendation at the end of the review.

Took this picture in July but it’s pretty appropriate now since the leaves are turning and starting to fall in the backyard.

Leaf Covered Path

The Weekly Review

It’s Sunday… It’s 5:00 am… It’s a cool fall morning and I drag myself out of bed for my weekly ritual. It’s called the “Weekly Review” and it’s an essential part of the organizational philosophy called Getting Things Done (GTD) by David Allen. It will consume the next 2-3 hours of my morning as I review the activities/notes of the past week and get ready for the week to come.

Those of you who know me know that I’m somewhat obsessed with orginization and the GTD method. It comes from years of trial and error with other systems. I’ve found the GTD system just clicks with how I function.

Clearing my head of unwanted distractions allows my creative energies to flow and ultimately it helps me relax. The outcome of this weekly appointment I have with myself is a clearer understanding of everything on my plate. From emails to phone calls, from meetings to projects, everything gets touched and the next action for each activity is clearly identified.

Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to attend David’s 1-day seminar in Chicago as well as loan copies of his book to friends and co-workers. Some have adopted the GTD principals & others really need to give it another shot…

Now that the decks are cleared and all loose ends are tied up, I can go upstairs and relax with another cup of coffee… I’m cooking 3-meals this afternoon to get ready for the upcoming week.  More about my cooking obsession in a future post.