Category Archives: GTD

My new favourite piece of technology

I’ve wanted one for a long time, but never had the nerve to buy one. I always thought I would look like a loser for having one. I can’t beleive the impact it has had on me in a few short weeks.

Olympus Voice Recorder

I’m talking about a Voice Recorder. It’s the latest input capture tool that i’ve added to my day to day life. For the longest time I’ve noticed that some of my best ideas or thoughts have come to me during my commute home in the car. This is usually when I decompress from the day and analyze my actions and those of the people I work with. I usually come up with lots of thought and ideas that need to be captured for processing the next day. For years I would call and leave myself voice mail. Dialing the office and waiting through my  greeting is a long process and usually meant I would only bother for the most profound ideas. Now, I carry the voice recorder wherever I go. I tend to leave myself 2 to 3 notes during every drive. The next day I process those notes and capture the next actions during my morning review.

I’ve played with variations over the years including voice recorder software that’s built into cell phones and pda’s. None of them stuck with me ultimately. Many of them took too many keystrokes to activate or required that I be looking at the screen in order to operate. It’s also easy to forget about your messages because you use your PDA or cell phone for many other functions. I find that having the voice recorder around prompts you to check it periodically to see what you’ve left on there. Being able to operate it with a single button without looking is a huge advantage and a must if you want to use it in the car.

If you’re serious about productivity or GTD I suggest you pick one up.


Work Life Balance

I’ve just finished reading (listening to actually) David Allen’s latest book Making it all work. He makes an incredibly profound statement in chapter two; work life balance becomes irelevant if you are able to achieve pure stress-free productivity or the “Mind Like Water” state.  David Allen believes that if you are able to completely remove all the stress and anxiety associated with your day to day life you will experience deep focus and enjoyment of what ever you are doing at that moment. You will not be distracted by the minutia that normally occupies your subconscious. You will enjoy the time spent with your family at a deeper level because you are not distracted and stressed by your work. You will enjoy your work much more because of your deeper focus and higher level of productivity. He is dead on.

I can attest to that since re-implementing GTD in my life I have felt less stress and better focus in my work. This has led to a much happier and engaged father and husband at home. I have felt more energetic and more creative. This in turn has pushed me back into the gym and gotten me blogging and writing instead of watching TV.