19 May 2006

Map the Mac

In a comment to an earlier post on Mind Mapping, Anonymous drew my attention to www.mapthemac.com. Thanks Anonynous

14 May 2006

Présentation de GTD® en français

Je viens tout juste de découvrir cette présentation de GTD® en français, qui offre une excellente synthèse de la méthode. Elle est disponible sous forme de fichier pdf: GTD: organisé ... et branché, les recettes de l'organisation remise au goût du jour
Etrangement, le livre n'a toujours pas été traduit en français.

Presentation of GTD® in French

I have just come accross this presentation of GTD® in French, which offers a very good synthesis of the method. It is available as a pdf file: GTD: organisé ... et branché, les recettes de l'organisation remise au goût du jour
Strangely, the book has still to be be translated into French.

06 May 2006

Towards a going-back to basics open-source generic productivity system?

A few words inspired by my exchange with Jason Alan Moore about his post on Getting the right things done. I think that Jason's idea of comparing, and when relevant combining, different systems is indeed very worthy. Matt Cornell has also been writing very interesting posts by looking the same aspect of different productivity or time-management systems. See for instance: How to process stuff - A comparison of TRAF, the "Four Ds", and GTD's workflow diagram. Such exegesis of productivity system is indeed very enlightening.
My intention in my previous post was simply to point out to what I see as a major dimention of GTD®.
I must say that it took me a very long time to actually become involved in the process of looking at this dimension of the system, about 16 months of trying to implement GTD®. It is only when I started using mind mapping to implement the system, but after listening to the Getting Things Done Fast CDs, that I started to "get it".
When I first went through the process of brainstorming the branches of my mind-map using the three top-levels of "The Six-Level Model" (ie 50,000+ feet, 40,000 feet, 20,000 feet), that reminded me a my reading of Covey's 7 habits five years earlier, and especially the idea of writing a mission statement. GTD® is perhaps more pragmatic than Covey's 7 habits, but aspects of both can be combined to good effect. I also later copied in this section of the mind-map a inspirational quote from Peter F. Drucker, found on a blog, which is "Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things." Following for about six weeks Matt Cornell idea's of a Productivity Master, I did a lot of reading on productivity in the late winter. My general impression is that the more you read books about productivity, the more you have the impression that the core of most systems revolves around a set of basic principles which are often very similar.
It could, perhaps, be an idea for productivity bloggers, to explore further something along the lines of a "going-back to basics open-source no-frill generic productivity system", which will combine the best productivity principles, which have been around for decades and decades.

04 May 2006

GTD®'s The Six-Level Model for Reviewing Your Own Work

A thought provoking post on Jason's rantings on the theme of Getting the Right Things Done, which does makes one reflect on one's own implementation of GTD®.
I however have some reservations about part of Jason's interpretation, especially when he writes: "To me, there is no forward look as to where we are heading - it is focused on getting the items right in front of us processed, categorized, and completed. We never stop to think that we have the "ladder against the right wall".
I would like to believe that it is what the "The Six-Level Model for Reviewing Your Own Work" (ie 50,000+ feet, 40,000 feet, 20,000 feet, 10,000 feet, and runway) is there for (see GTD, chapter 9, pp. 200-209). Whilst Covey works from the top-down, Allen is working from the bottom up.
In the chapter about "Reviewing keeping your system functional", David Allen has a section on "The 'Bigger Picture' Reviews", in which he writes: "Yes, at some point you must clarify the larger outcomes, the long-term goals, the visions and the principles that ultimately drive and test your decisions." Later he also make plain that "The explicit focus of this book is not at those "30,000-" to "50,000+ -foot levels. Urging you to operate from a higher perspective is, however, its implicit purpose - to assist you in making your total life expression more fulfilling and better aligned with the bigger game we're all about.
At a practical level, using mindmapping for my current implementation of GTD® proves very effective. I started by using a Freemind for my implementation, but I am currently using MindManager, as I am beta-testing MindManager for the Mac.
He are a few screenshots of my implementation using Freemind: A larger version of each is available on www.flick.com. Please click on the picture to see it.

GTD and Freemind

GTD and Freemind

GTD and Freemind

GTD and Freemind

03 May 2006

The Failed States Index Map

A fascinating map: The Failed States Index Map by Foreign Policy and the Fund for Peace.

The Failed States Index Map

The Wold as you have never seen it before

A fabulous website: Worldmapper

Cartogram animation