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Mind Like Leaking Water

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Quote of the Day: “It’s hard to take over the world when you sleep 20 hours a day.”

- Darby Conley

I am really amazed certain things get past me sometimes. I like to think of myself as a guy who is aware of current events, thanks mostly to Jon Stewart but that is beside the point.

What I am talking about are the things I am actually into that many people aren’t. Let’s not get gross, people, I mean, for example, my nearly criminal obsession of Sarah McLachlan. I would actually know if she came out with a new CD. I would expect someone who might need a restraining order to know when a big event happens like her coming without 100 square miles.

But this is not about Sarah (yes, we are on a first name basis).. this is about Getting Things Done.

I have gone over what exactly that is in a few blogs so I won’t rehash it in total here.

The Road To Productivity

Office Supplies In The Front, Punks In Da Trunk

Suffice it to say it is a personal organizational system that I subscribe to that is my sword against the Procrastination Dragon. I started by reading the book and then following the tenants to bring order to all the various projects and Bright Effin’ Ideas my mind constantly comes up with.

Maybe it’s irony at its finest that I discovered that there are two more books written by the same author that followed up on the first wildly successful concept.

Just in case you missed it there, I somehow let TWO succeeding books about NOT letting things slip through cracks, slip through the cracks. Not exactly a grande advertisement, I guess but funny nonetheless.

But the original book did change my life in very positive ways. I am honestly a very organized person and I have benefitted immensely from practicing “Mind Like Water” and capturing all the errant thoughts in my head into an organizational system that, well, gets things done.

And if I really think about it, I can give credit to the system for leading me to look for more information on the subject and therefore, voila, I discover two more books to use in my Quest For Ultimate Productivity.

I even found all three books on recording so I can listen to them on my iPod when I’m working out.

How’s THAT for productivity?

Here are the three books that will change your life:

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life

Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life

Free Advice for Today: “Start a ‘Smile File’ of jokes, articles, and cartons that make you laugh.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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