I don’t know about you, but when I’m starting to feel overwhelmed, it helps to sit down and make a list of all the things that need to get done. I try to keep a running list of tasks and follow-ups, but sometimes, like today at work, I just needed to stop and make a… Read More

classroom without student

For many of us, the end of another school-year is rapidly approaching.  It seems like it was only a few weeks ago that the kids were cracking open the books and the smell of fresh notebooks and blue jeans filled the air.  The old adage, ‘time flies’ is certainly true, isn’t it?… Read More

Organizer - daily planner over white

Day-Timer :: Since 1947, Day-Timer has been helping people manage their workday. Their format hasn’t changed too much over the past several years.  I’ve used a Day-Timer system and, like any system, it works if you use it consistently.  You can learn more about all their products on the Day-Timer website. Franklin Covey :: The… Read More

Weekend Wisdom

  Week-day posts here at The Empty Inbox focus on tools, tips, and tricks on getting stuff done.  I love the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology that I’ve learned from David Allen in his books and seminars*.  They have changed my life.  I’m passionate about sharing and teaching these best practices to other people. As… Read More

Acronym of GTD for Getting Things Done

In case you don’t already know it, I’m a HUGE fan of David Allen and his Getting Things Done methodology. Mr. Allen wrote a piece for the New York Times.   It will appear in tomorrow’s (March 18, 2012) print edition.  Here is the online version of the article. In my opinion, success starts by… Read More


Shortly after breakfast, my wife and I came up with a list of things we need to get done today. It’s too easy to forget this stuff if we simply keep it in our heads and try to remember it all.  And…working together we end up with a much more comprehensive list, too.  It simply… Read More