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Not a review: _Getting Things Done_, David Allen

From p 97 in a paperback version:

"Many times I have driven to the local office-supply store with a client and bought a filing cabinet, a big stock of file folders, and a labeler, just so we could create an appropriate place in which to put two-thirds of the "stuff" lying around his/her desk and credenza and even on the office floors."

I'm fairly certain this guy isn't cheap, either, which raises a whole series of fascinating questions. "Many times"? Was this in Allen's early days organizing people? Does this still happen to him?

The book is less irritating than I had expected it to be, actually, altho it retains a highly-paper centric approach that is less than completely useful to me. Also, people really keep clippings? I treated that as a Bad Habit over a decade ago and dug it out root and branch and then salted the earth it grew in.

ETA: Be careful with this book. It can mess with you. I just sorted through (and mostly deleted) several hundred messages from my primary inbox and an old inbox, some of them dating back to 2004. It took a while. That whole "never put it back into 'in'" is a bit of a brain-worm.

Oh, and it turns out that lj really did break journal wide settings for screening anonymous comments with the new update page; they're working on it. Glad I reported it, as I was apparently the first to do so.

ETAYA: page 133

I feel like I'm liveblogging this book. Weird.

"If you're in a large-volume e-mail environment, you'll greatly improve your productivity by increasing your typing speed and using the shortcut keyboard commands for your operating system and your common e-mail software. Too many sophisticated professionals are seriously hamstrung because they still hunt and peck and try to use their mouse too much. More work could be dispatched faster by combining the two-minute rule [if the next action will take less than 2 minutes, do it immediately rather than putting it in the tickler file for later] with improved computer skills. I've found that many executives aren't resisting technology, they're just resisting their keyboards!"

First response, oh, for fuck's sake. Second response, ahem, this _is_ resisting technology. Keyboards _are_ technology. Third response: I knew this guy, he could code about as fast as he could type. And he typed about as fast as I can type. He hasn't taken over the world, but that's mostly because he's a very nice Seventh Day Adventist and that wouldn't align with his values.
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