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Monkey mind

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Ever have those times when you have so much stuff going through your head that you’re almost paralyzed? Too many things to think about, too many projects to work on, too much to worry about…too much to let yourself focus on any one thing, and so you wind up not doing a damn thing.

Kinda sucks, doesn’t it?

I’m trying to get myself more organized, because I really and truly believe that will help me with my “monkey mind” problem. Not with all of the issues I’m trying to work through, of course, but the more I can organize away and out of my head, the more brainpower I’ll have for dealing with those issues which can’t be cleared up quite so easily.

Today should bring my copy of David Allen‘s “Getting Things Done,” which seems to be something of the Organizational Bible to the geek set these days. I’ve tried putting into practice some of what I’ve learned just by reading other people’s sites and blogs and wikis about the GTD system, but I realized that by not reading the book myself I was just ending up with a half-assed implementation of it. What little bit I’ve done has helped, so I’m assuming that the more I understand of the system and the more I successfully put into practice, the better off I’ll be.

I’m also hoping that the more I can get organized, the more I can clear out of the clogged gutters of my brain, then I’ll be able to focus more, which would be a Very Good Thing Indeed. I have so many things I want to be writing right now and can’t seem to get myself to focus on any of them (a longtime problem for me, believe me). But that’s more of a post for another time…some other time when I can’t focus on work.

What abot you guys…do any of you have any organizational philosophies you use to manage your daily and/or creative lives?

Written by Allen

July 27th, 2005 at 4:33 pm

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  1. I’m so with you on this. I received my PDA e-reader copy of it a few days ago and am in the midst of reading it, when I have time, which isn’t often, because I’m disorganized.

    Dwight

    28 Jul 05 at 9:40 am

  2. My biggest problem is lack of motivation, closely followed by lack of focus. I need this book.

    Jay

    28 Jul 05 at 10:45 am

  3. Well, Jay, click on that link right there and order it, ensuring I get me thirty cents or so. :)

    There’s a whole lot of info on the web about the system, and it’s got a pretty fanatical following at this point. It might help you out quite a bit, actually, what with you being a project manager and all. The book might be a little tough to get through at first, from what I’ve heard–Dwight, maybe you can help on that point since I haven’t started reading it yet–but the concepts seem to be really sound and helpful, especially once you get a system in place.

    Dwight, have you started implementing any of the systems yet?

    Allen

    28 Jul 05 at 10:59 am

  4. GTD does take some getting used to: the key is building a system you trust so you can brain dump all those tasks to do, open loops and stuck decisions. When I wrote MasterList Professional, I was strongly influenced by GTD, although MLP also adds to the mix the idea that how much value you get for your time directly impacts what level of success you attain in life (whatever “value” and “success” means to you.

    At the risk of sounding too commercial, you might want to try my app for 45 days free and if it works for you, the cost ($24.95) should be a good value.

    Bob Walsh

    28 Jul 05 at 10:11 pm

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