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Inspired by David Allen’s Getting Things Done, I’m taking a serious look at all of the “stuff” I’ve collected over the years. I’ve finally made a conscious (and difficult) commitment to simplify by purging. As I started working through the first step of the GTD system (Collection: Corralling Your “Stuff”) I began to look at the physical things in my life in terms of why I originally acquired them, and what purpose they serve now. I have many DVDs that I don’t watch, musical instruments that I don’t play, and various other “things” that I don’t have the time or interest to do anything with. I’ve come to realize that all of these things are taking up space in both my physical and mental worlds. Every time I glance over at my beautiful Roland electronic drum set, I start thinking about finding the time to play again. But it’s such a low “someday maybe” priority that I never actually get around to it. And so the cycle continues. Thanks to David Allen, I now realize what an unnecessary mental exercise that is. My solution is to let go of the “stuff” which reminds me to do things I have no intention of doing. “Play drums again” will now sit comfortably on my “someday maybe” list without the artificial urgency of having a set sitting right next to me. It’s always been hard for me to let go of things, but I’m finding it much easier when doing it in the context of Getting Things Done.

Please help me purge! Take a look at the list of my current Ebay auctions and see if anything appeals to you. If there’s nothing currently for sale I’m probably just taking a short break. Check back soon… I’ve got months and months worth of stuff to sell.

7 Responses to ““Getting Things Done” With Ebay”

  1. What I did was list all the things I had in my apartment that I didn’t need (CD’s, DVD’s, other stuff – it was amazing the amoung of stuff I found). Then I held an auction on my own website where people bid for the items by commenting.

    And then I donated everything to OXFAM. I made around 7.000 dollars just by selling crap I didn’t need. And the money is being used to help families in Central-America.

  2. podophile says:

    Well done, Einar. It’s funny, I hadn’t actually thought about what I might do with the money. Like you, I have a lot stuff… so I’m sure it will add up. Maybe now is a good time to start the Podophile Legal Defense Fund for the inevitable day that an overzealous FBI agent (or Dateline NBC producer) misreads the name of my blog.

  3. [...] I really got a lot of stuff to clear. Unlike the Podophile, I don’t really have a lot of items to sell. I tend to stick to what I have like flies to turds. I’m like a packrat, but I know that someday, it will accumulate, and possibly take up a whole room or two. [...]

  4. Armin says:

    Two questions… did the book really motivate you that much? i’m having such a tough time with it… two: why selling the sportkit already?

  5. podophile says:

    First off, the Sport Kit I’m selling is an extra one… it’s still new in the box and hasn’t been opened. I’m still using my original Sport Kit.

    Second, there’s no question that Getting Things Done system can be overwhelming. I’ve found that the key to making it work for me has been to keep it as simple as possible: Try to write everything down; sort my notes once a day; review my lists at least once a day. It’s a hard habit to get into, but even if I slip for a day or two it’s easy to jump right back in.

    GTD is inspiring in that the system makes perfect sense to me and it’s completely do-able (with a bit of re-training). I may not be getting *everything* done yet, but I know that I’m much more in control of the stuff in my life than I was before.

  6. Allen Harp says:

    I tried that approach once. Problem was, I leaned toward getting rid of too much. I needed a little moderation.

    My wife and I used to go into our attic storage each spring and identify those items we had not accessed for at least a year. In most cases the stuff ended up either in a yard sale or on eBay. We managed to keep the piles down low that way.

    I guess the same approach applies here to those things we have always wanted to do but never quite gotten around to them. Stop worrying and scratch them off the list. If they truly are ment to be in our lives…something will get them back on our to do list.

  7. Art Luff says:

    I,ve got a ton of stuff lying around that I suppose could generate a sizeable amount of cash. It’s just making it a priority.

    Art