The unique perspective that I feel I bring to the table regarding GTD comes from the fact that one of my degrees is in education. I know how people learn. I know strategies that shorten the learning curve. I know what brain research says about learning. So, from time to time within these posts, I’ll be dropping nuggets of information about how to learn and integrate GTD into your life and do so faster and with less effort.
The first secret that smart students know is that they never use only one textbook. Successful students utilize several sources of information. No one explains information in a way that clicks with all learners. That’s why teachers can teach a concept to a child for months with no success, but when the student is moved to a new teacher (who explains the concept differently), he/she is suddenly successful. When my sons were in school, we routinely bought several textbooks for each of their classes. When one didn’t make a concept clear, we moved to the others. Eventually, we found an author that explained in a way that my sons related to.
Shorten your learning curve with GTD, look for multiple sources of information and then study them. There are, as you know, many blogs that contain a lot of GTD knowledge. You can hunt them all down for yourself, or you can go to a centralized site that provides links to a lot of GTD sites where they have been pre-screened for their GTD value. One site is the Office Zealot’s GTD Zone. Loaded with GTD information, it also contains links to many GTD blogs, thanks to Marc Orchant. So do what smart students do…use multiple sources of information. But do it the smart way by using an aggregator site, specifically, Office Zealot and it’s GTD Zone.