The idea is that there are some next actions that may disappear or change as the result of performing actions in other areas, so that by the time you reach that next action on your todo list, you may be performing an action that is no longer necessary.
Earlier this month, it occurred to me that I could use Google Calendar to remind and assign myself to do those little things that I loved to do in my pre-parenthood life. Things like “read a poem today,” or “go browse a bookstore this week,” or “get a babysitter for next week and go to a movie,” etc.
Jabber MomentIM 5.2 … Jabber released Version 5.2 of Jabber MomentIM, its instant messaging client for Windows desktops. New features: stacked tabbed interface, message prioritization, and user defined hotkeys for messages, among others. There’s an advanced plug-in pack available separately, featuring Microsoft Outlook integration, transcript review, and quick conferencing, among others. Available immediately. Jabber
When my wife and I first got married she moved into my apartment with me. I had a large L shaped work area made from joining two desks that we shared. When we bought our house and she started on a Master’s degree, I separated them in our office so she had her own and I had mine. I also went out and bought her a good leather office chair.
Are you a fan of GTD? What’s your trusted system? GTD, and my twist on it, ZTD, recommend that you keep your task in a series of lists based on different contexts. And while many popular GTD tools (Kinkless, stikkit, Outlook, Remember the Milk, etc.) make things a bit complicated, the truth is that all you need are lists.
I gave a lecture yesterday, and as I was starting to speak I looked out and saw faces consumed with fatigue and stress. It’s finals time, and the students are suffering. So, rather than talk about what I had planned, I switched gears and gave an impromptu lesson on Getting Things Done, which I’ve covered here at 9GS frequently.
I was shooting from the hip, and was afraid I’d dumb it down too much, but I think that by taking this quick approach it may have resulted in people actually attempting to take the information and apply it to their lives.
Management and Leadership are not interchangeable words for me. We need both of them, for in part, management tends to be more internally focused (within a company, within an industry, within a person) whereas leadership is more externally focused on the future-forward actions you will take in the greater context of industry, community, or society. They have commonality to be sure, for instance, both are about capitalizing on human capacity, however they are defined by the differences we value in them: Management tends to be about systems and processes, whereas Leadership is more about ideas and experiments.
As promised, I had an IM interview with the highly-successful author Tim Ferriss. Tim (among his many incredible feats) released a book called The 4-Hour Work Week, and it has instantly become a mega-hit. Fortunately, I was able to catch up with the renaissance man for about a half an hour. While this may not seem like much time, for Tim it’s astronomical.