Organize Your Life! — James Fallows, The Atlantic

Posted: April 20, 2015 in graffiti living, links
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GTD Process

James Fallows’ influential 2004 piece on David Allen and GTD in The Atlantic.

“My perspective is that until you have fully fulfilled your destiny as a human spirit on the planet, you’ll probably be in some level of stress,” he recently told a business magazine. When I joined him for dinner after one seminar in Washington, he said, “Back in the old days I had this naive idea that people would see this cool tool we were offering and say, ‘Okay, what else?’ We’d have this great big Trojan horse that would march into the staid corporate world and let us find people who were interested in how life is really lived. They’d say, ‘Hey, let’s go discover God and Truth and the reality that sits behind all this stuff!’ But of course that never happened.”

via Organize Your Life! — The Atlantic.

Fallows wrote the foreword to the new edition of Allen’s seminal work, ‘Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

Read Fallows’ Atlantic piece, and even the foreword, along with Wired’s less-than-flattering ‘Getting Things Done Guru David Allen and His Cult of Hyperefficiency‘ by Gary Wolf.

The ‘cultishness of GTD’ is an old saw, usually citing Allen’s personal connection to MSIA (Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness), but it’s interesting to read the two pieces side-by-side.


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