Tag: GTD

Lies, Big Lies, and Time Management Lies

Another game of putting things aside
As if we’ll come back to them some time
A brace of hope a pride of innocence
And you would say something has gone wrong
Something’s Always Wrong – Toad the Wet Sprocket

Note – I started writing this post in April and had to leave it and come back to it. That’s both a meta-commentary and a sign of how painful this topic is to me.

I went through a bit of organizational hell a month or so  several months ago  a year-and-a-half-ago- I converted my Time Management system from its previous mish-mash of Outlook, Google to-do lists, email in-box etc. to a new mish-mash organized by Evernote and inspired by this article from Lifehacker about how to use it with David Allen’s Getting Things Done system.

And it’s sorta working. It’s a big improvement, I think. Outlook’s task list is terrible, Google’s is worse, and I’d been using them to enforce this bifurcation in my work life and personal/side-business life that was tying me in knots. Read more

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Old-school private eyes, interconnectedness, and you

I read Merlin Mann’s post at 43 Folders which asks:

What does a company get out of its employees spending half their day using an email program?

And then I read Crystal King’s post at her blog Cynosure which asks “Does Technology Connect or Disconnect People from Each Other?”

This, naturally, got me thinking about private eyes. Read more

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Fine line between GTD and wasting time


  • got up early, web dev on my mind
  • got to office, realized treepad still tends to resolve the junk in my mental attic to a kind of semi-sticky paste
  • started looking at google apps to see if there’s anything that will take care of what Outlook isn’t doing for me
  • somehow (and this is where things get fuzzy) got to messing around with social networking sites in an effort to find someone to help with a web dev problem (at least I was trying to go back to step one)
  • got to looking at twitter …
  • In the immortal words of David Byrne and Brian Eno, (and yes, I lost 45 seconds in Google/Wiki world finding their names) ” well, how did I get here?”
  • time to GBTW
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