GTD, or Getting Things Done, is a system by David Allen. This post will cover how I’ve adapted the GTD Tickler file in my Bullet Journal.
I’ll explain my setup. My Tickler is 44 pages. The first 31 pages are labeled “1” through “31”. The next 12 pages are labeled “January” through “December”. The last page is labeled “Future”.
These pages correspond with a perpetual, 1 year calendar. (“Future” is anything past one year.) So, pictured above are pages “15” and “16” currently corresponding to May 15th, 2016 and May 16th, 2016. When May 15th passes, this page will correspond to June 15th, 2016. So there are always 1 month’s worth of daily Tickler pages. Anything farther than 1 month goes on a month-labeled page. So if I need a reminder for something in July, I can’t put it on a 1-31 page because those only correspond to May and June currently. So I put it on the “July” page. When June comes, I can start moving the July reminders to the 1-31 pages as the month goes by.
My May calendar only has day-specific and time-specific events and tasks. I wanted a place to put a) actions I’ve scheduled for a certain day, but don’t really have to do that day; b) actions that are triggered on a specific day but don’t necessarily have to get done that day either; and c) reminders and notes. Sometimes, I need to be reminded of specific events happening that day (like in the green stickies above) so I don’t accidentally schedule too many tasks if the day is busy.
When I’m writing tomorrow’s daily log entry, I first look at my calendar. I migrate all the day- and time-specific tasks for tomorrow to my daily log. Then, I turn to tomorrow’s Tickler page. I migrate all the tasks and notes to tomorrow’s daily log as well. Some sticky notes I just move to the daily log without re-writing anything, like the Game of Thrones episode tracker on the blue sticky above.
When I finish that, I remove all the sticky notes from the Tickler page. That Tickler page is now the page for the same date in the next month.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments. 🙂