A Life Hack that Works

kinnon —  October 22, 2005 — Leave a comment

I’ve talked about Getting Things Done in a number of posts – and commented on my apparent inability to get reading it done. LifeHacker points at this Guardian story of David McCandless’ success with GTD.

Just four weeks ago, my desk was a shrine to disorder. It was cluttered with letters, takeaway menus, MiniDiscs and dead batteries, while stacks of printouts lay everywhere. A skyscraper of stuff towered in my inbox, untouched for months.

Now it is pristine. My intray is empty. My desk is clear. A smile is on my lips and I am getting things done. All thanks to one book.

McCandless identifies himself as a creative type who “recoil(s) from order”. My business partner and wife, Imbi, would probably identify me in a similar manner. There is a higher order in chaos, after all. That’s been my story, and perhaps I can no longer stick to it.

As soon as I post this, I’ll pick the book back up and see if I can’t make my way through it. Who knows, maybe in a month or so I will be able to write you a story of my own success, 43 folders and all.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

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