Busy day…cleaned the kitchen, installed new hard drive and reinstalled OS and all my apps (well almost) and I just cleaned up my messy desk, now a brother can get some thangs done…
Wired has a semi-groovy post on being productive
Author and productivity guru David Allen helps people close what he calls “open loops,” the running mental to-do lists that cause all manner of stress. Free your Mind – and lower your blood pressure – by transferring What’s in your head to a more reliable, less leaky container. Allen offers this advice for getting shit done.
Jot down every useful idea – shoulds, want-tos, and need-tos – whenever and wherever you think of them. Always keep pens and pads handy to take notes or you’ll resist the process.
When you’re back at your desk, tear off the sheets of paper – to keep your pad fresh for new input – and toss them into a single in-basket. Process the in-basket daily, as you (should) do with voicemail.
Hey I used some of these tips to clean my kitchen this moring…
A day can be completely eaten up by cleaning a kitchen. After breakfast, lunch, and supper, your kitchen can look like a disaster area in need of federal attention. We all know that if we leave our dishes and countertops until the morning, we need an ice pick to scrape off dried on food.
Can you get things done with Thunderbird?
In the past few months, I’ve been trying to apply some of the principles of David Allen’s Getting Things Done to my own work habits. This article describes how I’ve been using a combination of Thunderbird’s labels and saved searches to facilitate handling my email inbox in a GTD fashion.
For the Mac Daddys in da house…
Tools to help Mac users with Getting Things Done (or “GTD”), David Allen’s work-smart philosophy, fall into three camps:
Email clients, where most of the stuff that needs to get done arrives in the first place, tweaked to do the job.
- Dedicated GTD apps like kGTD or Easy Task Manager provide more focussed collection and processing buckets.
- Web-based solutions offer platform-independent tools for getting things done, especially good if you use a Mac at home and a PC at work.
Time Boxing a hip new flavour of GTD or another lame time waster?
Time boxing is about fixing the time we have available to work on a given task and then doing the best we can within that time frame. So instead working on something until it is “done” in one sitting, we only work on it for say 30 mins. It is either marked as done at the end of this period or we commit to another 30 mins at a later time or another day.