Game Design – Week 10 – GTD – Getting Things Done – Part 2

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Teens are overwhelmed, partly because they don’t yet have the skills to manage the unprecedented amount of stuff that enters their brains each day.  – from

“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”

“You can do anything, but not everything.”

― David Allen, (GTD) Getting Things Done for Teens: Take Control of Your Life in a Distracting World


This week I decided on and built a GTD system and completed a corresponding blog post


  • Set a timer
    • Spend up to 15 minutes in this ‘room’ on either ONE of the scripting languages below, Javascript (PlayCanvas) or C# (Unity)  (NOT BOTH)

PlayCanvas – Javascript

Unity – C#


Screenshot from Animated Book Summary And Review at YouTube

You are going to learn to develop your own version of David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) process in this ‘room.’

After watching these videos I discovered many things about the way that I conduct my work. First and foremost I discovered that I could be doing it more efficiently than I am at the time of writing this. this primarily applies to how I organize my work as the products that actually produce are fine but I could make the process of making them easier. At the time of writing this, my organizational system is mostly personal notes taken inside my brain but over time and after watching these videos I have discovered that my brain is not the best way for me to organize these thoughts. Ultimately what these videos have done is show me that I need to think more about the organization of the tasks I carry out from day to day.


Screenshot of David Allen TED Talk
Screenshot of David Allen TED Talk
Screenshot from Animated Book Summary And Review at YouTube

Examine Two GTD Maps: Basic and Detailed

  1. Detailed map by guccio@文房具社 icensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
  2. Basic map from embedded below

GTD-based Trusted System

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  • Examine and pick a trusted system from the 4 options listed below to ‘capture’ your work
    • trusted system is your method for managing your tasks in a way that you consistently get things done
    1. with a – GTD Template
      • We use Trello in this class to manage group projects
        • You will create a Trello account a few weeks from now regardless
        • You might want to start now
      • We start using Trello in the second semester
      • Watch Mr. Le Duc Creating a Trello Account and Add GTD Template Tutorial (3:45)
      • You can get the free Trello app at the Apple Store or Google Play
    2. Your phone
    3. Paper and pen or pencil
    4. Examine’s GTD Resources


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  • Set a timer
  • Spend up to 15 minutes
  • Then watch David Allen summarize the steps
    • “Very simple folks! …
      1. Just WRITE STUFF DOWN
      2. Decide the ACTIONS and OUTCOMES embedded in them
      3. Get yourself a MAP OF ALL THAT so you can step back and take a look at it.
      4. And then, basically, you USE THE MAP TO DECIDE, “OK, here’s the course that we’re going to go on.”
      5. You then LAUNCH the ‘ship’ on a trusted course in the short term, as well as on the long horizon that you’re moving on.
      6. And then, on a regular basis, you need to REASSESS, “OK, we need to take in NEW DATA, CLEANUP, RECALIBRATE, and REFOCUS for the next leg of the journey.”
    • It’s that simple…”
  • ‘Capture’ all the ACTION ITEMS you can in your GTD Trusted System


The main thing that I learned this week was that an organizational system goes a long way in making tasks easier and reducing stress. I also learned that my current way of organization doesn’t really work and that I need to find something new. The only problem I had to solve this week was that I had to find a new system to organize my tasks into which after some research I decided on Trello.

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