David Allen helps us to get things done.

Getting Things DoneThe most popular productivity philosophy of the moment is David Allen’s Getting Things Done or GTD. Based on Allen’s 2001 book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (Viking Adult, ISBN 0670899240), the method advocates recording and sorting to-do lists. (You know, the ones that float around in your head and make you crazy … unless they disappear completely.) The method dictates that complex tasks should be broken down into small, doable bits. We should dispatch things that can be done in less than 2 minutes immediately. We must write down our ideas, not try to keep them in our heads. This should impart a sense of calm, a “mind like water,” which is an effective state in which to solve problems.

Allen has the soul of a super library cataloger. If only we could categorize our tasks properly, he seems to say, they would practically complete themselves. Such a system would be ideal to keep complex operations on schedule. Although this procrastinatrix resists the idea of applying so much structure to my piddling projects, I could make me more productive if I adopted some GTD tactics. Perhaps I should give myself a leg up by purchasing some of the books, software, and notebooks available on Allen’s site. More likely, I’ll catch his articles on the Huffington Post [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-allen].


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s