All this GTD gets in the way of doing good things

I’ve always been a reluctant member of the GTD cult — getting things done. Long a crusade by consultants and coaches, GTD got tagged and elevated by the Internet era. David Allen turned the whole thing into a business and even appears to have trademarked the abbreviation GTD itself. [Really, USPTO? Abbreviations for common-word phrases are trademark-able? What’s next? Someone registering BTW and LOL? There’s a topic for another post….]

I will say that I’ve been a devoted Franklin Covey calendar user for at least 15 years. And it makes things happen, for sure. I’m by nature a pattern finder, a bit more big-picture than someone who’s optimally suited for our GTD culture. But we’ve all got to make stuff happen every day, and my calendar makes that possible for me.

So I don’t say any of this to downplay the importance of finding and using a reminder and task-completion system that works for you. I think everyone should use a regular system to manage tasks.

But I had a great conversation yesterday with Mary Pollman, and we both lamented the lack of thinking that surrounds us today. I think we all have such a focus on getting things done, that we’ve all but eliminated the time we should be spending on deciding what to do.

Strategy vs. tactics. It’s an old debate, but I think tactics are winning right now.

There’s one work day left this week — let’s all get out there and figure out what we ought to be doing with it.

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3 Responses to All this GTD gets in the way of doing good things

  1. Brooke Lovelace November 6, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    I have more days than I would like to admit like the “task-oriented” day described above. There are times where I wish I could just go off “and think” about my business…research, look at old data, read old articles. I think our predecessors did this so now our content is becoming devoid of historical reference in some ways…

  2. Brooke Lovelace November 6, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    I have more days than I would like to admit like the “task-oriented” day described above. There are times where I wish I could just go off “and think” about my business…research, look at old data, read old articles. I think our predecessors did this so now our content is becoming devoid of historical reference in some ways…

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