Sometime around a week ago, I was sitting at my desk at home shuffling papers and trash and lamenting that it seemed like that's all I ever accomplished. My dad said, "Pip! You need to read Getting Things Done!" So I borrowed his copy and read it cover-to-cover with great zest and enthusiasm.
Let me first say, this is a great book. It guides the reader to being at the top of his potential productivity. Some of the points that stood out to me are:
- Your mind is horrible at short-term storage.
- Unfulfilled obligations (even to yourself) cripple your productivity, creativity, and genius.
- The next action is a very important concept.
- Don't overcomplicate things.
Since I finished the book Wednesday afternoon, I have been working on implementing GTD (the fitting acronym for David Allen's "system") both at work and at home. I have started cleaning out and off both desks (not a modest task at either place), gotten my email inboxes to zero, given myself permission to let go of some projects that had realistically been long-dead anyway, and done a personal brain-dump (I'll do one for work this week).
I certainly have a ways to go. The biggest task is going to be getting a digital system set up that is cohesive and transparent. We use Lotus Notes at work, I carry a Windows Mobile smartphone, my primary personal email is through gmail. The biggie will be getting Notes to cooperate. I'm looking into it but any ideas are welcome.
As the days/weeks/months go by, I'll be posting on my experiences under the tag GTD.