There’s not much to report from the week that was, to be honest. But I have started reading David Allen’s Getting Things Done—the 2015 update, not the original 2001 publication—which has been incredibly helpful.
I’m not that far into it, only about one hundred and fifty pages or so, but I’m already intrigued by how similar it sounds to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, despite the difference in their marketing. Allen’s work is marketed towards high-powered executives, while the pseudospirituality of Marie Kondo’s work can and has turned people off of her work. I assume that, as in many fields, there’s a gendered divide here—while Allen does take care to point out that his concepts of “work” and “projects” are inclusive, the marketing makes it clear that this is a serious book for serious people. It’s hard to imagine it duetting with the more whimsical, self-help stylings of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
But the two are in concert in my head. At a certain point, Allen takes care to point out that his system doesn’t encourage minimalism—if you need or want the thing in question, then it can stay. Kondo does the same thing, telling people they can and should keep the things that mean something to them.
The most helpful thing so far for me has been the two minute rule—if something takes under two minutes to complete, you should do it when you think of it. I’ve been implementing that lately to great effect. I’ve also found the open loops concept useful. By writing down errant thoughts about things I need to do without a care towards organization in the moment has worked great so far.