Archives for the month of: August, 2008

[No.5 in a series of posts taken directly from David Allen’s Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Getting Things Done]
When life demands more of people than they demand of life – as is ordinarily the case – what results is a resentment of life almost as deep-seated as the fear of death. – Tom Robbins
“Trying to do it all, have it all, and be it all will exhaust the human mechanism. “More and better” will always stretch out in front of you, as you attain it. To surf on top of the game instead of drowning, infinite “everything you could ever want” must be corralled into doable, physical chunks. Expansive expressiveness requires intelligence and conscious limitation to be sustainable.” – David Allen

David provides us five, succinctly stated things that get in the way of our being productive. Here they are:

  1. People keep stuff in their head.
  2. They don’t decide what they need to do about stuff they know they need to do something about.
  3. They don’t organize action reminders and support materials in functional categories.
  4. They don’t maintain and review a complete and objective inventory of their commitments.
  5. Then they waste energy and burn out allowing their busy-ness to be drive by what’s latest and loudest.

Do you think “Busy” is a four-letter word? Check out Kim & Jason: Escape Adulthood blog on the subject.

– Gary

Okay..gotta get kinda soft and mushy with you all here. I’m writing this on the eve of my fourth day of vacation (that’s “holiday” for my non-US friends.) My family and I are staying in my in-law’s house that sits about 200 yards from a lake in the mountains of northern Pennsylvania. The house has been in their family for over 25 years and my wife and I have been coming here for over 20 of those years (we will celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary in 2 days.)

We just came up from a orange sunset on the lake. My two boys wanted to “do s’mores” (roasted marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers.) I like how “s’mores” has become a verb with our family.

After the s’mores were eaten the kids started tossing stones into the lake, attempting to skip them across the surface of the water. The 9 year old has the hang of it. The 5 year old makes lots of splashes.

I was sitting on a large rock by the dying fire, feeling its warmth on the cool summer night. I was watching my kids with the stones and watching my wife watch them. The paradigmhack came when I noticed I was not “thinking” about anything at that moment, just sort of feeling. It was short lived, that moment of non-thought. It came to an end with the awareness of its passing.

I could have left that moment among the stones on the water’s edge, but that didn’t seem adequate. By writing about it I get to capture it like a snapshot in time – solidifying it more completely in my memory.

Jott my first time. This is a post to my Paradon(?) half blog from my phone using And I will be hanging up and checking the blog and seeing how this works out. Let me know if anyone’s using this tool or similar tool to blog or Twitter from the road. listen

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