This is the second post on my GTD with OneNote system. Part One on initial set up is here.
One of the main principles of GTD is to get things out of your head. By putting everything into a trusted system you free up "psychic RAM" and achieve a "mind like water" state. The places where you put these thoughts / ideas / to do items are referred to a collection buckets. In my system OneNote is my digital collection bucket. I collect all my thoughts in my TODAY section.
First thing in the morning I open the TODAY section and create a page with the days date as the title. I then quickly brainstorm any thoughts I have at the beginning of the day. I flag them with CTRL+1 to mark them for processing later.
As things come up during the day I just reopen my TODAY section by hitting CTRL+SHIFT+0 and enter these ideas too onto the days page and flag these too for processing later.
Using this method I can also keep a record of my day by using the time stamp Alt+SHIFT+t to record what I was doing and thinking at a particular time.
Anything I clip from the web or print to OneNote also gets sent to the today section and I can quickly flag this for processing too.
As the day goes by I will have collected thoughts and ideas, things to do, reference information etc. All these items will be tagged to Process. I will also have a record of my day ready to review and journal later.
When time permits I then move onto the next stage of the GTD process which is Processing all my stuff.