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Tips for Environmentally Friendly GTD

Bloggers Unite - Blog Action Day

As many of you probably already know, today is Blog Action Day! Today, we’re charged with discussing the environment…

I have a confession to make – I’m not what you’d call “environmentally conscious”. I don’t recycle. I drive an old, gas-guzzling car. I go through index cards like there’s no tomorrow. I don’t go out of my way to save water or electricity (though, I don’t think I’m particularly gluttonous with these things). So, of all the ways one could describe me and how I live, “green” wouldn’t be accurate.

But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t small things people like me can do. One wouldn’t need to think very hard to come up with ways that their everyday life could be adjusted to be friendlier to Mother Earth, even the GTD folk. Here are a few little brainstorms I came up with for more environmentally-friendly GTD:

  • Use recycled paper products – Unless you use some super-esoteric paper size/shape for your notebooks or whatever, there’s probably a recycled alternative right next to the ones you usually buy.
  • Use digital tools instead of paper – Granted, this only works if you can do the digital thing as effectively as the paper thing. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how many trees are killed by using 30boxes or Backpack (answer: none).
  • Use all of the sheet of paper – This is one I’m particularly guilty of; Grabbing a sheet of paper or an index card, scrawling 3-5 words on it, then throwing it away once it’s been added to my trusted system. I could just as easily tear of the used portion and make sure to keep the unused for later, or just start with smaller pieces of paper.

Nothing earth-shattering here, but today’s topic has gotten my gears turning about this environmental stuff. I’m not sure if this new awareness will bring about any substantial change in the way I live and do things, but it’s given me pause, if nothing else.

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