Friday, January 04, 2013
1. In the past, I have alluded to dissatisfaction with certain aspects of David Allen's Getting
Things Done approach to personal productivity.
Recently, I have seen a similar complaint, that "GTD" suffers from a sort of normative agnosticism regarding tasks. I have also seen part of a solution. The Eisenhower Matrix can overcome some of the difficulties, at least if one has at least a somewhat clear sense of priorities:
The Matrix ... forces you to carefully consider potential projects. Is it life-sustaining work that will pay the bills or something that might be fun (and devour billable hours)? Alternatively, will this new opportunity or idea rejuvenate your productive, creative self, or lead you down a rabbit hole of avoidance? In other words, you get an answer to the question: "Is this worth doing?"I have just such an overwhelming list to deal with today and plan to put pencil to paper, drawing the matrix before I get started. As Ike once put it, "What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important." This matrix looks to me like it can help address that problem.
2. Canonical has just announced the release of its version of Linux for smart phones. It doesn't sound like it's ready enough for me to ditch Android just yet, but I'm happy to hear about this.
I see no reason inherent in the hardware why we shouldn't be able to, say, just plug our phone into a larger screen and a keyboard when we need to use a real computer. Or not be able to run a wider range of software than just "apps" designed for smart phones. Or ...
I will eagerly keep tabs on this development.
3. In a macabre vein, I enjoyed this list of clues that you might be dealing with a poisoner. As the author points out, poisoners usually fail by a mile to live up to the stereotype of being long-range planners, and they are usually quite easily caught. But then, the very nature of criminality -- a desire for the unearned that blinds the criminal to the consequences of his actions -- makes this failure unsurprising.
4. Everyone knows that the earth's rotation causes toilets to drain in opposite directions in the northern and southern hemispheres, right? Not really.