The typical geek trains their brain to be heavily focused while multitasking day after day. Is it surprising that this same brain does not do well when forced to isolate down to one task? Listening in a meeting is a very isolated, very passive event. Coding, developing, debugging — these are not passive at all. The geek brain is just not trained to sit quietly and listen.
During my weekly review I sat down and looked at what I could do about getting back on track. How could I deal with those crappy tasks, those annoying jobs and irritating little projects that were always getting put off? I’d do the fun, interesting next actions to start the day and it seemed to set the course for the rest of the day. It didn’t feel like a basic case of procrastination either. The next week I took the approach of doing all those crappy next actions first off, sometimes even doing them as soon as I jump out of bed. It worked like a charm. Why was it so successful?
Categorizing creates freedom, not constriction. Many people avoid categorizing because they are avoiding making a decision about something. Should I read this article? File it? Throw it away? Pass it on to someone?
I was just reminded of this again having dinner with a good friend last night who commented on the freedom he had experienced in reading my materials and applying that kind of categorization to many of his creative ideas, commitments, and “stuff.”
In fact, if you had to call in the Organization Paramedics because you’re so out of control, they should run in with a big box labeled “All the Stuff I Don’t Understand or Know What to Do With.” Then they’d scour your whole environment, and throw everything in that box that you’re not sure what to do with. In an hour you’d be totally organized–if you didn’t know where something was, you’d now know where it was! And the whole rest of your world would be in its place!
If you’ve been around GTD for a while, you know that this time for your own processing, especially the Weekly Review, is really the belt that keeps the pants up. It’s what David Allen calls your Defining Work time. And, it tends to be one of the harder habits to create, despite that part of you who knows how great it would be to have total confidence that your stuff is clean & current and you’re doing what you want and need to be doing.
via simply gtd
HelloTxt is an aggregated messaging system that lets you compose one message and send it out to most popular micro-blogging services, including Twitter, Jaiku, Yappd, Meemi, Beemood and Tumblr, which was recently funded. What’s missing so far is Pownce, but the company has noted that a few problems with load time are keeping it from offering Pownce upon its launch. I imagine Pownce integration will be available soon.