So I am still winding my way through the book, Getting Things Done. In a previous post I talked about my long-time unexplained avoidance of this book, and frankly, I'm still struggling to get through it. I promise I'm really not trying to dislike it. I am still hopeful that I will get some really great information from it, but so far...
Reading through the first few chapters has put me in mind of the time in college when I worked valiantly to get through Grout's A History of Western Music (Third Edition - I was shocked to recently learn they are now up to the Eighth on this thing). Seriously dry stuff. Unless you were a music major you won't completely understand the wretchedness of reading this text, but suffice it to say it has always been my fallback solution for insomnia. I had to read sentences 3 and 4 times, my mind would wander, nothing would sink in. And I'm a pretty voracious reader otherwise.
I'm not suggesting that the concepts presented in Getting Things Done resemble the recounting of 1600 years of music history, but overall the words of this book do not speak to me. I know they speak to countless others, as evidenced by the fact that the book alone has sold well over a million copies, but after about 4 pages I'm pretty much ready to go scrub some sinks or take out the trash or sort paper clips. What am I missing here? The writing style says "corporate management retreat", but then he refers to tasks such as weeding the garden, or taking a watercolor class.
But rather than nagging on the things that baffle me, I'll focus on a few things I do like so far:
OK, so I'm up to chapter 5, which is rumored to be the point at which things in the book get less theoretical and more practical. I like practical, so maybe this project will get easier. GTD lovers, any advice for the continuing journey?
Sara Skillen - Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Organizer Coach®, wife, mom, dog-lover, author. Learning to trust my intuition more every day. Shall we work together?