When I was driving home tonight, there was a story on NPR about GTD. It is an organizational system developed by a guy named David Allen, it stands for Getting Things Done, and apparently it's a very big thing right now. He's written a book, he does seminars, etc. After reading a bit about it, it does seem that it's fairly extensive, but what really struck me on the NPR story was that it talked about making lists. Here's what Wiki says about that:
Capture everything that is necessary to track, remember, or act on- in what Allen calls a bucket: a physical inbox, an email inbox, a tape recorder, a notebook, a PDA, or any combination of these. The idea here is to get everything out of one's head and into a collection device, ready for processing. All buckets should be emptied (processed) at least once per week.
Allen doesn't advocate any preferred collection method, leaving the choice to the individual. He only insists upon the importance of emptying the "buckets" regularly. Any storage space that is inspected regularly by the individual is acceptable.
I had to laugh, because I've been a list maker for years. As I write, I have my little notebook right by me, with my list of things to do tomorrow, my day off. How do I "empty my bucket?" I cross an item off my list when I've completed it. As I said, I'm sure there's much more to it, but I find it amusing when people come out with "systems" that consist of things like making lists. Doesn't everyone do that? Besides, instead of GTD by David Allen, I prefer TCB, like Elvis! <doing the Elvis "Hunh!"> Thank you. Thank you very much.
No results yet on today's primaries. The usual huggermugger is going on with little barbs and arrows flying around, the Clinton campaign is going negative, and I think it's obvious that things are heating up. Reader Ziggy left a great comment today about it all.
As for the Clinton - Obama campaigns, not much of a comment from me as I am sitting up north of the border looking down on all of this. It is good to see people get involved, have an opinion and be passionate about what they care about. It is good to see open debate on the issues. I just hope the momentum continues and everyone, regardless of age or political persuasion gets themselves out and exercises one of their most valuable democratic rights and votes. When more people vote for an American Idol than do an American President, others in the world take notice.
It IS great to see people involved, and I agree with Ziggy--I hope the momentum continues. And did you catch that last sentence? "When more people vote for an American Idol than do an American President, others in the world take notice." That's probably one of the best things I've read in some time, and it should serve as a wake up call to each and every one of us. This is such an important decision, and the apathy of American voters sends quite a message to the world, one that I don't think we want to be sending. Thanks, Ziggy.
Finally, adios, Fidel! I hope this results in more freedom for the Cuban people, and I hope it eventually leads to unrestricted travel to the island. I would LOVE to go there! We sailed past it on the cruise, and it looks gorgeous and lush, and I think it would be a very interesting place to visit. A little trivia: did you know that Desi Arnaz's grandfather was one of the original partners in the Bacardi Rum company? It's true!