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The Rise and Fall of Getting Things Done

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Posted by Ken
Nov 21, 2020 at 10:00 PM

 

xtabber wrote:

>This article by Cal Newport in the New Yorker Magazine may be of
>interest to some in this forum.
> >https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/the-rise-and-fall-of-getting-things-done
> >

Thanks for posting the link.  I respect Cals’ work, but this piece, IMHO, was long on history and short on some practical solutions.  Cal makes a lot of assumptions about large organizations and how they operate, but much of what he described does not apply to my work environment in a large municipal government.  It is great to talk theories and give workers ideas about how to look at their work, which I do believe is helpful if you have an open mind to the situation at hand, but at the end of the day, the work still needs to get done.  I also believe it is important to always be open minded to improving the flow of work, but there are limits.  Personally, I am happy that we have so many choices, even if I will not use many of them.  At least it allows me to match the app or program to the task at hand, rather than try and make one program do everything.  Do I still CRIMP, yes.  Do I still use paper, yes.  have I fallen in love with an app of late, no.  But perhaps the searching and trialing helps alleviate some of the drudge of the work?  I often say that I wish for my beloved ECCO, but I suspect what I am really saying is that I wish for the days when I was not constantly bombarded with endless email messages, but link to SharePoint site and folders.  I take heart in that a Microsoft worker I know mentioned that he and his teams never used SharePoint; they were constantly moving from project to project and they would have ended up being on far too many sites as time passed.

—Ken