I finally bought, and am halfway through reading, David Allen’s Getting Things Done. It’s true I have ambitions, things I want to get done. I have felt like I’m spinning my wheels about half the time and I know that I’m keeping way too much in my head. It’s why I can’t sleep. As I’m drifting off, I’m making lists in my head of things that need to get done the next day. They might be written down; they might not. So I feel I really need to make some changes. I like Allen’s approach very much. It’s very practical, even specifying the kinds of supplies you’ll need and how much time it will take to get started (two days). I’ll need four to do the office and home. Actually, I think home will take longer than that. There’s much more “undone” here.
I’m tackling the office today and tomorrow and perhaps part of Wednesday. It feels good to have a plan. I have made some progress in getting organized, but it too easily falls into chaos when things get busy. And I have things that I want to do that I think I could fit in if I were more efficient about handling my work.
Watch this space for progress.