Personal Productivity for Geeks

Over my Christmas vacation I discovered some great topics for increasing my personal productivity. They go a little something like this:

  • GTD: From a book by David Allen. A basic flowchart and framework for personal task management.
    (This is the equivalent of the .Net framework for your life.)
  • Life Hacks: Any clever way to make your life more manageable and efficient.
    (This is equivalent to the ASP.Net tips you’re always looking for to make you a better developer.)
  • Moleskine: A well crafted journal made in Italy with an air of romance and a legend of many intellectual owners.
    (This is the fancy computer you justify purchasing because, hey, if you’re gonna’ be a programmer you need good tools.)
  • HipsterPDA: This is bunch of 3×5 index cards and a pen you keep in your pocket.
    (This is part of your IDE.)

Programming analogies aside, the aforementioned topics above have greatly enhanced my personal productivity. I know some of you may be skeptical, but not unlike hypnotism, if you’re skeptical, it probably won’t work for you. 😉 You should continue your quest for enhanced personal productivity. However, if you’re interested in digging deeper into the geek’s productivity toolbox; I present to you:

Dusty’s Life Hack #1
How to Really Get Into “Getting Things Done”

  1. Goto D*I*Y Planner and download and print a pdf of the GTD workflow.
  2. Purchase the abridged audio version of “Getting Things Done” by David Allen on iTunes
  3. Turn the speed of the audio book up to “Fastest” and actively listen with the printed workflow in hand.
  4. In a little over 2 hours you will cover all you need to know to get started “Getting Things Done.”