The 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].