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It’s one thing when your missus (system administrator geeks are almost always guys – almost) wants to know what you do all day – what do you say when your boss wants to know what you did all day? You best have a suitable answer!

This is yet another benefit to the GTD maxim: Write it down! But it’s not just from GTD. Researchers will say If it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen. Lawyers say A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Details matter.

When you write something down, in the words of David Allen, you get it out of your head. You don’t have to try and remember everything your boss asked you to do: you’ve got it written down.

To follow through with the GTD method, you should write down the Next Action: what is the very next thing you have to do? Set up server smith isn’t good enough. How about: Configure Kickstart server for new server smith. Much better!

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