Tag: lifehack

GTD RepositoryOne of my goals for this month was to finish re-reading the book Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-free Productivity by David Allen. Well I have managed to get through it and thought I would do a quick post about the book.

I felt that the fundamental idea behind the book is to help people take control when they are overwhelmed with stuff that they should be doing.

It helps you get a grip on exactly what your tasks are and explains that if you can just keep doing the next step then you will eventually achieve pretty much any goal.

Don’t worry I’m not going to go into too much detail I just wanted to note down a few parts of the book that resonated with me and how it has helped me to become a bit more organised.

I realise that this is going to be an ongoing process but any improvement to my productivity can only be a good thing.

On TargetApril is about to end so it is time to look back and see how I got on with the goals I set myself.

Overall I think I did fairly well. I am pleased with the outcome and I do think that getting my goals out there has focused me a bit.

To keep this going I am also going to try and set some new goals for May. I think it makes sense to make this a monthly post with progress over the previous month and some forward thinking about the month to come.

The process of writing the blog post can then become my Monthly Review, hence the name of this post.

So how did I get on?

You Are FreeDon’t worry I am not talking about this blog. I have decided to quit my day job.

I have been working for the same company for almost 10 years. To me that feels like forever.

In fact the routine has become so ingrained in me that it feels like there is nothing else to life except the 9 to 5 at the office and maybe, if I’m lucky, a couple of hours in the evening to keep on top of any personal stuff. That personal stuff has mounted up over time and I feel like I just do not get anything done at home at all.

Now this may seem like a strange solution to some but my response to this was to break out of the routine, by leaving my 9 to 5 behind, and try something different. The only problem is that I have yet to define this something different.

All I know for definite is that I am going to start my own company, which happens to be an item on my bucket list anyway.

dumbbells_adjustedIn the past I have heard people say that the mind is like a muscle. This brings up phrases like:

‘If you don’t use it you will lose it’

For some reason I only thought this applied to the older generation so I never paid it much thought.

Recently I feel as if I have woken from a bit of a lull and am once again giving my brain a workout after giving a bit of time off. It feels great. But, just like physical exercise, it is hard work.

Only now do I get the reference to the mind being like a muscle. The more you exert your brain the better it becomes at handling the exertion.

Goals, Goals, GoalsMy first few posts for this blog were of a great help to me. The simple act of writing them helped me solidify the ideas running around in my head.

The last couple of articles were a bit rushed. In fact I was close to missing one of my, self imposed, weekly deadlines. That was where the Information Overload article came in. I suddenly noticed the amount of time I was wasting on unnecessary stuff.

So overall this blog has been a great success for me. I know there aren’t many people reading my words of wisdom but that doesn’t matter. I am not trying to be a professional blogger. I just want an outlet that lets me write stuff down but at the same time I want to make the posts worthwhile, at least for myself, and then hopefully they may be of use to someone else.

Right so now this has become a regular thing I think its time to try and plan ahead a little bit.

Information OverloadI remember when you entered a search on the internet, before the likes of Google, and you were lucky to get a handful of links to choose from and most would contain useful information. You could happily surf, clicking through links to other sites and feel like you were doing something useful. The internet is now full of noise with pages full of flashing adverts and even link farms where there is no valuable information at all, just links to other websites, and the owner even gets paid when someone clicks any of the links.

The signal to noise ratio had become unbearable, so I turned away from the wonder that is the internet.  The only way to find out something was to use a search engine, like google, and trawl through the thousands of links returned, hoping to find the specific piece of information you were after.

Then I started to come across other ways of finding useful information. Blogs and RSS feeds.

Once you have found a source you find interesting you can be updated whenever that website releases a new article. I have now gone from one extreme to the other, reading as many articles, blog posts, essays and even e-books as I can about a multitude of different things.

In fact I would say that I have reached Information Overload, hence the title of this post. The question is what can I do about it?