Ever since start of the year/Lotusphere I have been reading books and generally studying how to make better use of my time and better manage my time. I find I have an increasing number of things going on and an increasing number of things I want to have going on, but sometimes I run out of mental resources to manage it all. Part of this process has been thinking about what I do and how I do it. Part has been reading books like “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. This is a great book IMHO and it’s dead on in many respects. While it’s also available as an audio book I think it is worth the extra money of getting both.
Last night I watched the Randy Pausch lecture Time Management after it being recommended to me by a coworker. Besides being a brilliant lecture by what appears to be a brilliant man and gifted lecturer, he’s also dying from cancer in 3-6 months which makes the topic of time management quite a paradox. Something to think about right there.
P.S.: There’s also another lecture by Randy Pausch available on the web called Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. While I haven’t watched it yet I’m definitely gonna do it. Soon.
3 thoughts on “Time Management”
Getting Things done was indeed a superb read – a breakthrough on many pages, for instance the idea that one should note always "the next action" and not a project name that never gets done. Centralizing everything into a single list was also a wonderful insight, not putting things to do in the calendar another one.
But as you have probably realized there is a great deal of difference between reading the book and following the book. I’m closer to the former than the latter but I’m working to get there. 🙂
Have you ever seem Eric Mack’s blog? He’s a Notes guy that is really into GTD, from what I can tell.
Here’s a link: http://www.ericmackonline.com/ICA/blogs/emonline.nsf/dx/eproductivity-webinar-on-the-notes-on-productivity-blog
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