So, I’m back from Mexico. Thanks to Peter (and Nathan) for doing a great job manning the ship while I was away.
To kick things back off I want to do something I’ve not done a whole lot of here at To-Done–get the reader’s perspective on something. I want to have an honest and open discussion about the whole Getting Things Done/DIY/Lifehack/Productivity movement.
h3. Too Much GTD?
In the last day or so, as I’ve been catching up with feeds, e-mail and such, I’ve noticed that there are many folks out there who feel a bit over- (or under-?) whelmed by the “hype” of GTD online. I mean as Greg pointed out there are GTD and DIY blogs popping up all over the place and while I don’t think they’re all bad, and I’m pretty sure there is some value there, I do agree that it can be a bit overwhelming at times.
Then again, you can’t deny the interest in this stuff. As my poll over Lifehacker shows, it’s on people’s minds. My guess is that there’s value in there somewhere. But where to draw the line?
For the purposes on this site, GTD was never supposed to be the focus. It’s about work/life balance and my hope is to keep the noise level as low as possible. (I know some of you are thinking, “what about that sock post? Well, it was kind of supposed to be funny.) The one thing I can say is that GTD, of itself, has really helped me stay organized and keep track of my ideas, etc. It’s been a great help. I’ve also come across quite a bit of lifehackery that I’ve found useful as well.
I’ll agree with the nay-sayers that the majority isn’t all that useful and there are times when the noise level gets pretty darn high. But, I feel that’s the Web in general and it’s not limited to topics like GTD, DYI and lifehacking. You’ll find the same thing with Web design, health, music, pop culture, etc. To deal with it you need to ignore much of it and try to rely on sources that will editorialize well enough to pull out the diamonds.
But enough of what I think. What do you think about this personal productivity and DIY hype, both on- and off-line? It’s it just a cult that should be ignored, or do you find value in blogs like this one? Do some do it right and others wrong? Lemme know what you think.