Q. Do all the distractions mean that people don’t have time to think deeply about what they’re doing?
A. There is certainly some indication that in middle to upper management, that can be a problem. If you don’t properly organize your thinking and your time, you can end up concentrating on the urgent rather than the important. You can get tied up being a traffic cop in terms of answering e-mails, when in fact those things can be answered later. Management, particularly the more senior management, needs time to think.
A very interesting insight…customers have an attention deficit as well. In other words, attention cuts both ways. Not only does the vendor desire the customer's attention, but it's critical that the customer can get the vendor's attention as well. (Case in point? Think about the last time you tried to "pound out" of an interactive voicemail system and wanted the attention of a real person…)
As I have noted recently, during my re-read of Getting Things Done, I have taken a long, hard look at my system and decided that I need to start over and totally rework how I get things done. This will be a record of my process in revamping my GTD system.
It is fast – I don't time the indexing, but after the initial indexing of your hard drive, you won't even notice it. It indexes only when your machine isn't busy, and you can adjust those settings as well, e.g., mine will index if my machine is not busy for 2 minutes. In addition, you can have it set so that it indexes on the fly, i.e., as soon as a document changes. I've got this option set, and haven't noticed any performance problems. (Well, actually, when I first got the beta for version 2, this setting caused a bit of a problem when I came back to my machine after a while, but it was a beta after all. I contacted Copernic and within a week, they had sent me a patch which had fixed the problem – excellent customer support in my mind.) It's also fast while searching – amazingly so. I use the copernic toolbar and often before I finish typing, the search results are coming up. (As an aside, the toolbar is good for quick and dirty searches, but I prefer opening the main program so that I can see the location of my files, and the preview.)
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AT LAST!!!! Eight ways to stop procrastinating
Carleton University's Procrastination Research Group boils down how to stop putting off all the things you have to do to 8 pretty simple steps.
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