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November 07, 2005

Getting Things Done (GTD)

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I used to be a big fat lazy procrastinator, and in some cases I still am. However, after getting really frustrated with my own infliction, I decided to do something about it. I had heard mumblings of this things called Getting Things Done (GTD). Originally it was a book by David Allen which decribes a series of methodologies, processes and simple tips that can help you become a more productive person. It has now become a bit of a cult, especially on the web where you can find all sorts of stuff on GTD.

It really has become the basis of a bit of a new philosophy for me and has really helped me get my arse in gear and just Get Things Done. The book itself is tough reading, it is well written, but the material is heavy because it does challenge a lot of your previously ingrained bad habits. It is well worth sticking with though because even if you don't go away and do everything in the book (I certainly havn't), it can really help change the way you think about all those little things you think you never quite have time to do.

A slgihty bit of irony in this (and proving that I still have a long way to go) is that it took me around a month just to pick the book up after borrowing it from John and even longer to getting around to writing a review. I've been prompted into action by the fact that my friend Richard bought me a copy this weekend and I have finally given John his copy back.


October 12, 2005

Joel on Software – Set Your Priorities

Writing about web page http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/SetYourPriorities.html

Joel Spolsky is a clever guy. In case you've not come across him before, he's a genius software engineer who provides some great insight into the software development business.

If you're in IT, it wouldn't hurt to go back and read some of his archives as he is a great communicator with some great ideas.

His latest is all about setting priorities for features. If you're never sure which feature to do next…read it.


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