RE: Technical Communication and GTD? (take II)

Subject: RE: Technical Communication and GTD? (take II)
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: "Geoff Hart" <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>, "Technical Writing" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 11:12:11 -0500

Sometimes it is. I once worked at a company back in the late 1990s where
my frustrated manager asked the head of IT to help him prioritize his
tasks. Which one should my boss do first? Simple enough, you would
think. The IT guy said, and this is nearly a quote, "All of them. They
are all Priority One." My manager ended up leaving a few months later.

-----Original Message-----
From: Geoff Hart [mailto:ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca]
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 10:56 AM
To: Technical Writing
Cc: Cardimon, Craig
Subject: Technical Communication and GTD? (take II)

Craig Cardimon noted: <<I tried this, but spent so much time recording
the tasks to be done that no tasks were actually completed.>>

I assume that this statement was tongue in cheek, but it does
illustrate an important point: It doesn't matter what magnificent
trademark-worthy title you choose for your method, the method must be
efficient ***for you***. The problem with many methods is that they
acquire an importance far out of proportion to the benefits they
provide. It's always important to take a large step back and remind
ourselves that any method is only as good as the results it provides:
we don't follow methods for their own sake, but rather to improve our
own lives. If a method isn't making things easier for you, try
something less onerous.

But really, folks: how hard is it to spend 5 minutes jotting down a
plan of action and listing your priorities? This isn't rocket science.

Geoff Hart (
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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