Productivity Porn

By Deane Barker on May 27, 2005

Because buying new running shoes is more fun than actually running: Few things I’ve read in the last month — short of the Bible itself — drip with truth like this essay about the endless number of tools out there that claim to make us more productive.

[…] there’s a big difference between buying new running shoes and actually hitting the road every morning. Big difference. One is really fun and relaxing while the other requires a lot of hard work, diligence, and sacrifice.

[…] You can buy a successively more costly and high-quality series of claw hammers until you’ve reached the top of the line, but until you learn how to use them skillfully, you’re going to keep making ugly bird houses.

[…] No tool can save you from your own crap behavior, so as you approach these great new apps […] please try to do it with a bit of perspective about how or why the old tools were not working for you.

Wow, that was a slap in the face, wasn’t it? But it’s so true. There are very few tools on the market today that will actually make you more productive. And of the tools that do work, I’m willing to bet that you have most of them sitting on your desk or your computer right now.

I’m reading “Getting Things Done” right now, which is currently the darling of the blogopshere. This book is everywhere. It’s interesting, but be prepared for a cold shock that there’s no technological bullet. Pretty much everything David Allen discusses in the book is accomplished with a notebook, a bunch of manila folders, and a label maker.

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Comments

  1. Pretty much everything David Allen discusses in the book is accomplished with a notebook, a bunch of manila folders, and a label maker.

    And now I know why our label maker is out of label paper.

  2. Funny. Everyone is reading this book! I just got a copy and started going through it with a guy at work. Then, I see it on the desk of another co-worker. When I asked her about it, she replied “Yes, you loaned it to me a couple years ago, I’m about half done.” I completely forgot!

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