Genuine Curiosity

Author Dwayne Melancon is always on the lookout for new things to learn. An ecclectic collection of postings on personal productivity, travel, good books, gadgets, leadership & management, and many other things.


It's a poor craftsman who blames his tools

In my previous post on GTD I mentioned that I was a time management junkie. My problem is that I've always been a "binge time manager" in that I'd use a tool very diligently for a while, then I'd stop. Then I'd invariably move on to a new tool after some period of disarray and frustration.

On my quest for the silver bullet of day planners, I tried lots of things. The boxes in my garage are like a museum for this stuff - I have Franklin Planners of every shape and size (and even several calculator page finders), Covey planners from before and after the merger with Franklin Quest, about every type of PDA you can imagine, and a ton of desktop software to go with it.

Why so many variations? Sometimes it was the different approaches the systems espoused ("Let me try it this way - that will work."); sometimes it was a different form of the same thing ("If it were smaller, it'd be easier to carry" or "If it were larger, I'd be able to write more things in it"), and sometimes the gadget freak in me won.

Some of these things were great, some weren't. None of them was the lasting solution I sought. Of course, it must've been the tool's fault, right?

When I discovered GTD, I found that it "fit" me better than the other solutions. Part of the reason is that it works regardless of the tools you use. You can use "caveman" tools like yellow legal pads and file folders  -and GTD works. You can use high tech gadgetry (I still love that stuff - more on that in the next few days) - and GTD works.

The bottom line is that David Allen's system is revolutionizing the way work gets done. I've connected with co-workers who have also improved their results with GTD, and we're all using different things for trusted systems.

So, is it perfect? In some ways, yes, in other - no. But it's the best I've found.

More on the imperfections in future posts, as well - and my opinions on how many of the imperfections are not the tool's fault.

(Oh - and by the way - those piles of things in my garage? They really ought to be gone - but that's on my Someday Maybe list so I don't have to worry abou that right now).