Getting Things Done Undone


Work Daze by Bob Goldman 


You know how it is — after doing all the really unimportant things you don’t have to do, there’s never enough time for the really important things you do have to do.

That’s why you need to become a master of GTD, or “Getting Things Done.” GTD is the philosophy of David Allen, a productivity consultant, trainer, and the author of a book called, surprisingly, “Getting Things Done.”

In “When Office Technology Overwhelms, Get Organized,” a recent article in The New York Times, the GTD guru lays out strategies for those of us who are easily distracted by bright shiny objects — such as iPads and iPhones and all the other iTimeWasters.

As Allen writes, “even as workplace technology and processes steadily improve, professionals feel less productive than ever. It may seem a paradox, but these very tools are undermining our ability to get work done.”

Of course, for people like you, undermining your ability to get work done is exactly the reason you need all this snazzy technology. How you could ever survive an 8-hour day without the distraction of Angry Birds or the titillation of the Paris Hilton’s twitter feed?

Apparently, not everyone shares your passion for unproductivity. In David Allen’s world, the inability to get things done “results in unclear, distracted and disorganized thinking, and leaves frustration, stress and undermined self-confidence in its wake.” Frankly, this surprises me. If it weren’t for unclear, distracted and disorganized thinking, working people would have a crystal clear view of their horrible jobs and their punishing bosses. The shock from developing that kind of insight could send any sentient individual running out of the office and into the streets, screaming in terror.

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Getting Things Done Undone — 1 Comment

  1. For implementing GTD you can use this this application:

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote and Google Calendar, and also comes with mobile version, and Android and iPhone apps.

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