The RPM Method

Folks:

Has anyone considered creating templates for Anthony Robbins Rapid Planning Method.

Or something that integrates a combination of the RPM (Rapid Planning Method) with GTD?

I have worked out an over all system that combines RPM with GTD almost completely as far as thought process.

Because GTD is more bottom up and RPM is more top down. And the two together integrate almost flawlessly.

Let me know about the interest level of something like that.

SIncerely,

Jason Spencer

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RPM templates

Someone already did something that sounds like this (using MS Excel) and they are available on Ebay. I stumbled across them when I was shopping for Franklin Covey binders. I didn't buy any so I don't know how polished they are but from the picture they look DIYish.

Link to item here

Of course I'd like to see something like that here, especially if it could easily be converted to 1/4 pages. Which is the format I am hoping to use. I think the MS Excel would be more user friendly for someone with my software and printer limitations. Not to mention my borderline technophobia.

~Cath

[edited by innowen on 03/19/07: the link was blowing out the page.]

I'd be really interested in

I'd be really interested in this. Right now, I have a hard time balancing the two approaches: top down and bottom up. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Julia

I just hope that TR's

I just hope that TR's company doesn't find out about those templates being sold on eBay. They get pretty angry when people do stuff like that. Cuts into the profits of their way overpriced refills to their oversized and cumbersome binder that no other planner pages fit into. But those excel templates do look nice. The problem with creating templates for RPM is the terminology since some of the terms can be considered Tony Robbins intellectual property. Categories of Improvement (COI) is a good example. Changing the name to Area of Focus for a DIY template may work because the wording is different.
One of the reasons I am here is because I'm trying to fuse RPM with GTD. RPM is great because it really forces you to look at the reasons why you want to get something done. Getting the priorities straight. You know, long range stuff. GTD is great at processing the day to day stuff. Streamlines it. Sounds like a match made in heaven.

Diana

Intellectual Property

Diana,
I appreciate your point. When I say that it would be nice to see something "like" that I didn't mean Tony Robbins' form line for line or even something substantially similar to whatever is being sold on Ebay, but perhaps something inspired by one or the other or both, and without any copyright protected terminology.

In any case I would love to see more MS based forms.
~Cath

Same here Cath. I was just

Same here Cath. I was just addressing the excel forms. There was a problem on the TR forums a few years ago because people were sharing them with each other.
But, back to a DIY-RPM system. My problem is trying to come up with something that I can work with. I had a whole RPM set up a few years ago when I managed x-ray department but now, I'm not in charge of anything so Putting all this together is not working. It's been kind of frustrating so I plan on going through the steps tomorrow and see what happens.

Diana

RPM AND GTD FUSION

IF YOU FOLKS WANT, I have developed a weekly review and daily review that fuse the two systems together extremely coherently. I would be happy to share it.

It would be great if we could then use different words and templates to create a coherent merger between GTD and RPM. I own the RPM planner and the RPM software.

But RPM isn't very flexible if something comes up you easily lose your whole date and GTD is too flexible that is why I merged the two.

RPM & GTD fusion

jspencer,
I'd like to see them, especially if they are MS based.
~Cath

RPM and GTD

Did anything ever come from your discussions about using Excel to combine the approaches of RPM and GTD?

Me too

I'd like to see your fusion as well!

The Fusion or Thought Process for Weekly Review

This weekly review process RPM, GTD and a couple of pointers from Robert Allan.

A Weekly Planning Process Combing RPM with GTD

1. Connect with Your Driving Force
A. My Ultimate Vision (What?)
B. My Ultimate Purpose (Why?)
C. The Power of My True Identity
D. Review of My Code of Conduct
E. Review of My Values and Beliefs
2. Own My Roles, Goals and Resources
A. Review my Categories of Improvement COI, Roles and Goals for my Personal life
B. Review my Categories of Improvement COI, Roles and Goals for my Professional life
3. Weekly Capture
1. Loose Papers
Pull out all scraps of paper, business cards, receipts and miscellaneous paper. Put into in basket to process.

2. Process Your Notes
Review any journal entries, notes, meeting notes, and miscellaneous notes scribbled on notebook paper. Decide and enter action items, projects, waiting-for’s, etc. as appropriate.

3. Review Previous Calendar Data
Review past calendar in detail for remaining action items, reference data, etc. and transfer into active system.
1. Brainstorm my 10 to 12 accomplishments of last week
2. Brainstorm my most important things that needed to get done but didn’t last week.

4. Review Upcoming Calendar Data
Review upcoming calendar events-long and short term. Capture actions triggered. Incorporate a 90-day review of upcoming events.

5. Empty Your Head
Put in writing (in appropriate categories) any new projects, action items, waiting-for’s, someday-maybe’s, etc. not yet captured

6. Review Action Lists
Mark off completed actions. Review for reminders of further action steps to record.

7. Review Waiting-For Lists
Record appropriate actions for any needed follow-up. Check off received ones. Review the

8. Review Projects and Larger Outcome Lists
Evaluate states of projects, goals and outcomes, one by one, ensuring at least one current action item on each. Browse through work-in progress support material to trigger new actions, completions, waiting-for’s, etc.
Evaluate status of projects to determine which actions must be taken next this week, goals and outcomes. Review the 90-day and 1-year income stream project goals for relevancy.

9. Review Relevant Checklists for Next Actions
Use as a trigger for any new actions

10. Review Someday / Maybe lists
Review for any projects which may now have become active, and transfer to “Projects”. Delete items no longer of interest.

4. Create RPM Plan
1. Commit to block time
2. Use the must actions for weekly and daily 80/20 rule actions
3. Schedule it
4. Complete measure and celebrate!
5. Select and highlight my 3 – 5 outcomes
3 Outcomes for Professional life; 2 outcomes for Personal Life

6. Set myself up to win.
1. Schedule profound musts first
2. Schedule time for my 3 to 5 results to determine my level of fulfillment that I will achieve
3. Anticipate the likely challenges and barriers to resolve my strategy for success.

DAILY REVIEW PROCESS

THIS ROUGHLY MY OWN PERSONAL SUCCESS ROUTINE THAT I AM DEVELOPING, but the point is it is a clear merger of RPM and GTD.

AM SUCCESS ROUTINE:
1. Intention Prayers
2. Immaculata Reconfirmation
3. Liturgy of Hours AM Audio
4. Connect with My Code Of Conduct
5. Review 90-day and 1-year income stream project goals
6. Visualization (15 minutes)
a. Move & Breathe (stretching) (5 minutes)
b. Get Grateful to God
8. Use Incantations out loud & exercise (20 to 45 minutes)
9. Listen to WSJ while having breakfast
10. Read Daily Variety

MID-DAY SUCCESS ROUTINE:
1. Visualization (15 minutes)
2. Intention Prayers
3. Read mass readings
4. Read Daily Variety???

PM SUCCESS ROUTINE:
1. Read Daily Variety??
2. Review 90-day and 1-year income stream project goals
3. Night Power Questions
4. Journal Assessment
a. Achievements
b. Measurements
c. Magic Moments
5. Process Inbox
a. Notes
b. Receipts
c. Nightly Capture
6. Schedule RPM Blocks Using RPM Planner
a. Schedule the Feared Things First (FTF) as musts (*) items
b. Also make sure that all your musts (*) match the 80/20 rule
7. Intention Prayers
8. Liturgy of Hours PM Audio
9. Act of Contrition
10. Visualization (15 minutes)

Combiging the two is simple

When ever I move an RPM block or action over to an action list i code it so I know what RPM block or COI (Category of Improvemenent) it directly relates to:

COI / Projects Coding System

Categories of Improvement (COI) Personal Master List
DC=Disciple of Christ
PP&EV=Phenomenal Physical Power and Electric Vitality
ESE=Emotional / Social Empowerment
MD=Mental Dimension
WM=Wealth Mastery

For instance if i was proscessing my reciepts for wealth master it would be

@Computer
WM process receipts

or if I was working out it would be

@Home
PP&EV Exercise

It's also good to schedule your RPM blocks daily or use the blocks seperately as individual action lists that you can feed off for that block of time.

AS far as creating new templates I think we could easily revamp the system of thought taking it a step further and even give the robbins stuff new names. Since it's a mindset that would be combined with GTD it would be really easily to rename everything and synthesize it with the best of also that Covey has to offer.

I am game for it and we could easily set up a thread for doing this. If that's ok I will start it?

This is awesome. One thing

This is awesome. One thing that did help with keeping track of which COI (or now AOF-Area of Focus for the purposes of this board) was giving each a roman numeral. Personals were PI, PII, etc... Professional was WI, WII, etc...
I had the name of each AOF along with the roman numeral on one of those FC cards that went inside the page finder to remind me daily what the big picture was.

Diana

RPM GTD

Hi, Jspencer, i have seen your posts in several forums, talking about how to manage your time... mergin rpm and gtd.
I have been having trouble handling my time management. i also think that tony's rpm has a lot of work and that is not easy and i want to have something easy to do and be productive. gtd on the other hands can be easy if you stay on top of it but also has its limits.

i have heard some where that people are doing the most important stuff using rpm and the day to day activities using gtd.

i tend to be changing all the time and therefore inconsistant. needing help to get grip.

any suggestions....

Your process

I liked that there was an emphasis on spiritural and personal development. Are you on the west coast? I would like to discuss a project utilizing the same.

Confused !!

Your numbering makes no sense.
Is this the top-most level ?

1. Connect with Your Driving Force
2. Own My Roles, Goals and Resources
3. Weekly Capture
4. Review Upcoming Calendar Data
5. Empty Your Head
6. Review Action Lists
7. Review Waiting-For Lists
8. Review Projects and Larger Outcome Lists
9. Review Relevant Checklists for Next Actions
10. Review Someday / Maybe lists

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A Weekly Planning Process Combing RPM with
GTD

 

  1. Connect with Your Driving
    Force

A.     My Ultimate
Vision (What?)

B.     My Ultimate Purpose (Why?)

C.     The Power of My True Identity

D.     Review of My Code of Conduct

E.      Review of My Values and Beliefs

  1. Own
    My Roles, Goals and Resources

A.     Review
my Categories of Improvement COI, Roles
and Goals for my Personal life

B.     Review
my Categories of Improvement COI, Roles
and Goals for my Professional life

  1. Weekly
    Capture
    1. Loose Papers

Pull out all scraps of paper,
business cards, receipts and miscellaneous paper. Put into in basket to process.

 

    1. Process Your Notes

Review any journal entries, notes,
meeting notes, and miscellaneous notes scribbled on notebook paper. Decide and
enter action items, projects, waiting-for’s, etc. as appropriate.

 

    1. Review Previous Calendar Data

Review past calendar in detail for
remaining action items, reference data, etc. and transfer into active system.

1.      Brainstorm
my 10 to 12 accomplishments of last week

2.      Brainstorm
my most important things that needed to get done but didn’t last week.

 

    1. Review Upcoming Calendar Data

Review upcoming calendar
events-long and short term. Capture actions triggered. Incorporate a 90-day
review of upcoming events.

 

    1. Empty Your Head

Put in writing (in appropriate
categories) any new projects, action items, waiting-for’s, someday-maybe’s,
etc. not yet captured

 

    1. Review Action Lists

Mark off completed actions. Review
for reminders of further action steps to record.

 

    1. Review Waiting-For Lists

Record appropriate actions for any
needed follow-up. Check off received ones. Review the

 

    1. Review Projects and Larger Outcome
      Lists

Evaluate states of projects, goals
and outcomes, one by one, ensuring at least one current action item on each.
Browse through work-in progress support material to trigger new actions,
completions, waiting-for’s, etc.

Evaluate status of projects to
determine which actions must be taken next this week, goals and outcomes.
Review the 90-day and 1-year income stream project goals for relevancy.

 

    1. Review Relevant Checklists for
      Next Actions

Use as a trigger for any new
actions

 

    1. Review Someday / Maybe lists

Review for any projects which may
now have become active, and transfer to “Projects”. Delete items no longer of
interest.

 

  1. Create
    RPM Plan
    1. Commit
      to block time
    2. Use
      the must actions for weekly and daily 80/20 rule actions
    3. Schedule
      it
    4. Complete
      measure and celebrate!
  2. Select
    and highlight my 3 – 5 outcomes

3 Outcomes for Professional life; 2
outcomes for Personal Life

 

  1. Set
    myself up to win.
    1. Schedule
      profound musts first
    2. Schedule
      time for my 3 to 5 results to determine my level of fulfillment that I
      will achieve
    3. Anticipate
      the likely challenges and barriers to resolve my strategy for success.

 

 

Sorry about posting

I am really having trouble posting it with the correct formatting i hope that it makes more sense now!!!

May be we could create a more coherent system and set of procedures then rename the terms to make it ambiguous but yet keep the spirit of a true RPM GTD merger. How would we do this? Should we start such a thread?

html formatting of a Word document?

Is that a Word document pasted as HTML? I don't think this site can handle it well. It might work better if you try doing the Word document as an attachment.

-Kenny

RPM and GTD

Quite frankly I think your genius, I think that's truly amazing to combine the two however I am not familiar with getting things done planner but as you described it it seems like a good match I have the rpm planner and software, do you know where I can identify more forums that talk about the rpm planner? And thanks once again for your detailed ritual, it was inspiring and if you don't mind I will embrace much of your approach! Real cool!
Adantae

great idea and comment. Di

great idea and comment. Di dyou make a template to follow this?

hmmm

I tried to find some info on RPM ... but most of what I found didn't describe the system or ideas...

Anyone want to give me a rough basic kind of description? :o)

my artwork

Can you re-post the links

Could you possibly re-post the above links - I would be curious to see what you've come up with.

Linked Links

Those links still work; copied and pasted them to the navigator bar of my browser.

If it helps I've converted them to clickable links.
TOYL Summary

and

A Weekly Review Process Combining RPM with GTD

All looks too complicated for me.

Sweet as ... !

This is absolutely fantastic, exactly what I have been trying to work out myself. Thanks a million for sharing your plan.

Says the docs don't exist

I came across this as I was looking for just what you were talking about ... any chance you could email me the docs or post them again? e-m me through yahoo. If you have anything further I would love to see it. Am thinking of building an phone app.

Thanks

No dice, looks like we have

No dice, looks like we have to come up with our own. The info is here, I'm going to take a crack at it and if I come up with something decent, I'll throw it up here.

We are a few years too late it seems ;)