Organize IT Recap: Scary Research On Multitasking, Inbox Zero Is Overrated And The Getting Things Done President
My regular recap of interesting finds from the last few weeks.
- Inbox Zero. On Twitter I see this term used all the time. For some reason, a lot of people seem to think it equates to the same thing as GTD. Sure, having an empty inbox is important if you want to stay on top of things, but it’s only one of many components in our life. It’s with this in mind, that I particularly enjoyed reading this post over at Productive Flourishing covering several criticisms of Inbox Zero. For those who like to clear out all their emails on a regular basis, what’s your thoughts?
- How did this site pass me by? This blog has some great productivity posts, the sort that you don’t see much nowadays. One particular favorite is the post covering ten buzzwords that every GTD fan should know (great inspiration for my dictionary series). And I’m sure David Allen will like how he has been compared to Albert Einstein. GTD ? E=MC² indeed.
- I can’t remember who originally said it unfortunately, but what science knows is completely different to what businesses and schools do, and that’s no more apparent than with multitasking. The problem is, on the surface at least, there are a lot of people who seem to be able to do it and do it well. However Web Worker Daily has collated some recent research that suggests otherwise. Not only does it hurt your productivity but it may even hurt your thinking process. What’s your take on multitasking? Are you encouraged to do it?
- This is a few months old now but still worth a mention for those who may have missed it. This article takes a look at President Obama and draws connections with the handling of his administration to date and the GTD system. He has thousands of tasks to delegate all the time, but how do all his political “next actions” translate into the big picture changes he promised? Is he compromising in order to tick off the next thing in his to-do list? At the risk of descending into political mud throwing, what do you think of this comparison?