Open Loops 3/17/2009: Articles I Thought Worth Passing Along

Posted on March 17, 2009 by
Categories: Open Loops
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Tuesdays are open loop at SimpleProductivity blog.

Photo by BenimotoOver at “Simple, Green, Frugal Co-op: Where do you get the time for that? (Part 2)” there is an extension to the question of finding time to do the things we want. Part of the problem is the language that we use, and the social expressions we use for time. Use what you have, when you have it, rather than lamenting you don’t have more.

Over at WHAKATE, “What Is Wrong with GTD?” examines problems with GTD. I smiled at the reference to the cult-like attitude of many GTD practitioners (for more on this, Google David Allen and John-Roger). But the thing that struck me, “Even though the system is named Getting Things Done, the actual doing is a bit light-on…with many users spending most of their time capturing and processing information rather than actually doing things.

Bingo. That is exactly why GTD doesn’t work in my personal life. It works charmingly in my professional life, simply because I am assigned work in discrete chunks, and I don’t have to work about capturing. It’s all captured for me.

Stepcase Lifehack ran an article (“Sync Your Brain And Your System Using a Mind Dump“) that points out a very effective technique for getting nagging thoughts out of your mind and into your system. I actually use Instructions for Downloading the RAM In Your Brain from Kathy Paauw ( It’s a comprehensive list that never fails to trigger all sorts of nagging little things. I schedule going through the RAM dump quarterly.

Dumb Little Man asks “Should work be fun?” Answer: Not if you want to be successful. An excellent summary: “What differentiates the A players from the B players is a willingness to do the work that is not fun at all.” Yes, we can eat jellybeans all the time. But its those people who eat the limas that are going to be at the top of their game.

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  1. Sam says:

    I love the Kathy Paauw trigger list you linked to. It’s a lot better than the version Allen provides in his books.