The three methods discussed:
Getting Things Done:
- The reigning gorilla of time management, “GTD,” as its followers call it, was created in the 1980s by David Allen.
- Mr. Allen has since sold more than one million books about GTD and attracted 1.2 million followers on Twitter.
- GTD’s aim is to corral all the projects and tasks floating around in your head into an organizing system you update weekly.
- No matter what chaos erupts, the system in theory enables you to quickly identify the next step to take on every front to keep all your projects moving forward, while keeping your mind clear to relax, think and be creative.
The Pomodoro Technique
- This quirky method had me working in intense spurts guided by a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato—or pomodoro, in the inventor’s native Italian.
- Developed by Francesco Cirillo, director of XPLabs, a software design firm based near Rome, this technique is spreading via Twitter and other social networks.
- It can be learned in a few hours from a free guide at pomodorotechnique.com; making it a habit takes up to 20 days.
- This method, subtitled, “Achieving Your Highest Priorities,” hits workaholics where it hurts—in their upside-down priorities.
- Created by FranklinCovey, Salt Lake City, Focus aims to help users jettison busywork and wasted time and devote themselves to their most valued pursuits.
- Some of its concepts are widely known, such as “sharpening the saw,” a metaphor for setting aside time to take care of your health so you can work (and play) with more vigor.
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