Blimey, I've made it! I'm on the MindJet recommended blog list, so I'd better say something nice about them!
Funnily enough, that's exactly what I was going to write about anyway.
I've just started reading Getting Things Done, because many of the weblogs I read recommend the book and philosophy. I've just started the book, and I'm a bit wary, because so many books are good at describing the symptoms, but the solution and keeping it going is less palatable.
But so far so good, I love the idea of getting into a state of flow by only thinking about a single task, and also the great point, that's it's carrying more than one thought at a time, that frazzles our minds. And it's nice to realise that everyone is struggling just as much, but bluffing along and covering things up.
One of the suggestions is to create Collections Tools for all the thoughts and "Incompletes" and I can't think of a better tool than MindManager for doing that.
What I've loved recently are doing tasks that absolutely have to be done with single narrow focus, and no time to consider anything else. That's when the Flow State starts and it becomes really enjoyable. If the book lives up to its early promise then I'm a convert.
However........how many of us have been through Time Manager, Spiral books, Post-It's, Covey 7 Habits and First Things First, 6 Thinking Hats, Outlook, Spreadsheets, MS Project, Cling Sheets, PDAs, Pocketbooks, Memory Techniques, MindMaps, Desk Management, Delegation, Learning to say No, Workflow, Voice Recording, and of course the In-Basket. I'm battle weary.
The older I've got the more my job roles have been people
oriented. Making contact with lots of people. That's relatively
easy - Microsoft Outlook Tasks. But the last two roles have been
back to task oriented projects. Lots and Lots of tasks and
And no task is an absolute priority, and they're all waiting for something to complete which I have no say in, so they all get juggled together at the same time. And so does my head.
So I'll keep reading the good book this weekend and see what happens.