Tom the Architect recommended that I read the book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. I’m not sure if there is a hidden reason why he recommended it, but rather than waste time trying to figure it out I picked it up. I’ve tried over the last week to get through it, but I’ve made only minimal progress. For some reason its not really one of those books that I feel compelled to complete. Its not “grabbing me”.
So this morning, I figured, “Hey, why don’t I do a search on the web and see if I can get a synopsis of the book”?
As I went through the Google results I came upon this Joel on Software article called "Getting Things Done When You’re only a Grunt" from December of 2001. I thought it was a great article on how to make things happen from the bottom up.
I really have to buy the Joel on Software book. There is not one article that this guy has written that I haven’t enjoyed reading and completely agreed with. But I digress. Ugh, another distraction.
Back to the Getting Things Done book, it looks like I will have to try to struggle through it. What I did find in my search results were a lot of positive feedback on the book, and a lot of sites dedicated to how they are implementing it. Here’s a few of them:
- Getting Things Done with Index Cards – A Flickr Photostream
- A Getting Things Done Valentine
- The Whats the Next Action blog dedicated to Getting Things Done
- Matt Henderson wrote a blog entry about his methodology based on GTD
- A web application implementing GTD, written in Ruby and Rails – a web application framework.
- Getting started with “Getting Things Done” on 43folders.com. It’s a very brief introduction to the concepts of GTD.
- A Getting Things Done Process Chart in PDF format.
- Getting Things Done On WikidPad
- A Getting Things Done Wiki
This is just from a quick 15 minutes with Google. It looks like GTD is the “latest thing”. Now I have to just get interested in the book …