Trigger List

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The following is an "Incompletion Triggers" list to assist you in evaluating your current commitments. This list has been taken from Getting Things Done.

[edit] Professional

  • Projects started, not completed
  • Projects that need to be started
  • Commitments/promises to others
    • Boss/partners
    • Colleagues
    • Subordinates
    • Other people in organization
    • "Outside" people
      • Customers
      • Other organizations
      • Professionals
  • Communications to make/get
    • Internal/External
      • Initiate or respond to:
        • Phone calls
        • Voice-mail
        • E-mail
        • Pages
        • Faxes
        • Letters
        • Memos
  • Other writing to finish/submit
    • Reports
    • Evaluations/reviews
    • Proposals
    • Articles
    • Promotional materials
    • Manuals/instructions
    • Rewrites and edits
  • Meetings that need to be set/requested
  • Who needs to know about what decisions?
  • Significant read/review
  • Financial
    • Cash flow
    • Statistics
    • Budgets
    • Forecasts/projections
    • P&Ls
    • Balance sheet
    • Credit line
  • Planning/organizing
    • Formal planning (goals, targets, objectives)
    • Current projects (next stages)
    • Upcoming projects
    • Business/marketing plans
    • Organizational initiatives
    • Upcoming events
    • Meetings
    • Presentations
    • Organizational structuring
    • Changes in facilities
    • Installation of new systems/equipment
    • Travel
  • Banks
    • Receivables
    • Payables
    • Petty cash
  • Administration
    • Legal issues
    • Insurance
    • Personnel
    • Policies/procedures
  • Customers
    • Internal
    • External
  • Marketing
  • Promotion
  • Sales
    • Customer service
  • Systems
    • Phones
    • Computers
    • Office equipment
    • Other equipment
    • Utilities
    • Filing
    • Storage
      • Inventories
  • Supplies
  • Office/site
    • Office organization
    • Furniture
    • Decorations
  • Waiting for...
    • Information
    • Delegated tasks/projects
    • Completions critical to projects
    • Replies to:
      • Letters
      • Memos
      • Calls
      • Proposals
      • Requistions
      • Reimbursements
      • Petty cash
      • Insurance
      • Ordered items
      • Items being repaired
      • Tickets
      • Decisions of others
  • Professional development
    • Training/seminars
    • Things to learn
    • Things to look up
    • Skills to practice/learn especially re:computers
    • Tape/video training
    • Resumes
  • Outside education
  • Research--need to find out about...
  • Professional wardrobe

[edit] Personal

  • Projects started, not completed
  • Projects that need to be started
  • Commitments/promises to others
    • Spouse
    • Children
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Professionals
    • Borrowed items
  • Projects: other organizations
    • Service
    • Civic
    • Volunteer
  • Communications to make/get
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Professional
    • Initiate or respond to:
      • Phone calls
      • Letters
      • Cards
  • Upcoming events
    • Special occasions
    • Birthdays
    • Anniversaries
    • Weddings
    • Graduations
    • Holidays
    • Travel
    • Weekend trips
    • Vacations
    • Social events
    • Cultural events
    • Sporting events
  • R&D--things to do
    • Places to go
    • People to meet/invite
    • Local attractions
  • Administration
    • Financial
      • Bills
      • Banks
      • Investments
      • Loans
      • Taxes
    • Insurance
    • Legal affairs
    • Filing
  • Waiting for...
    • Mail order
    • Repair
    • Reimbursements
    • Loaned items
    • Medical data
    • RSVPs
  • Home/household
    • Landlords
    • Property ownership
      • Legal
      • Real estate
      • Zoning
      • Taxes
      • Builders/contractors
    • Heating/air-conditioning
    • Plumbing
    • Electricity
    • Roofing
    • Landscape
    • Driveway
    • Walls/floors/ceilings
    • Decoration
    • Furniture
    • Utilities
    • Appliances
    • Lightbulbs/wiring
    • Kitchen things
    • Washer/dryer/vacuum
    • Areas to organize/clean
    • TV
    • VCR/DVD
    • Music/CDs/tapes
    • Cameras/film
    • Phones
    • Answering machine
    • Sports equipment
    • Closets/clothes
    • Garage/storage
    • Vehicle repair/maintenance
    • Tools
    • Luggage
    • Pets
  • Computers
    • Software
    • Hardware
    • Connections
    • CD-ROM
    • E-mail/Internet
  • Health care
    • Doctors
    • Dentists
    • Specialists
  • Hobbies
    • Books/records/tapes/disks
  • Errands
    • Hardware store
    • Drugstore
    • Market
    • Bank
    • Cleaner
    • Stationer
  • Community
    • Neighborhood
    • Schools
    • Local government
  • Civic issues

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