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Creature of Habit

It’s funny how predictable I am. It’s Sunday, a little after 10:00 AM, so I’m sitting at home waiting the 30 or so minutes it’ll take the machines in the laundromat to process a load. There’s enough of yesterday’s Weekend FT to read, a cup of coffee, and then I can go put the stuff in the dryer and have another 35 lazy minutes. This means I never think about laundry in the course of a normal week because it will “just happen” on Sunday morning.

Systems like Getting Things Done help to organize the way I get things done so that I can have faith in the process and not worry about things which will get done. One of the challenges I have with getting in to GTD systems is that I have an old set of habits to lose as well as a new set of habits to learn.

Intentionally making and breaking habits requires discipline, and therein lies the rub. Most of my existing habits have taken years to solidify, being triggered by external events. To intentionally change habits is hard work, and falling off the wagon is easy.

2 Responses to “Creature of Habit”

  1. GTDSkeptic says:

    I would also suggest that you remain skeptical of GTD. Habits have value, you are trained. In the time-management for sysadmins book the author is all about forming habits so you don’t burden yourself with too many todos that will get done anyways. Maybe for the positive habits you should wrap GTD around them. Remember the author SELLS GTD and more over he probably makes the most money consulting regarding GTD.

    I’ve found that his anti-prioritization speel was completely inappropriate and this one size fits all approach is naive at best. Reflect on your goals and see where GTD fits.

  2. Dan says:

    If you’d like a tool for managing your time and projects, you can use this web-application inspired by David Allen’s GTD:

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote and Google Calendar, and also comes with mobile version, and Android and iPhone apps.

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