The cult of productivity, and the obsession with 'getting things done'

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    The cult of productivity, and the obsession with 'getting things done'

    Some GTD fans can take it to extremes.

    Joe Buhlig, a 28-year-old coder for a marketing company in Buffalo, Minn., says he'd forget to take out the trash if it weren't for his to-do app reminding him every week. Following GTD has helped him reduce the anxiety we've all felt: What am I forgetting?

    Buhlig says he also keeps note cards in his back pocket to help him sketch ideas before putting them into his to-do list. That keeps him from relying too much on technology: If an apocalypse started tomorrow, he'd just switch to paper.

    What of the masters?

    GTD creator David Allen says he uses a specialized program created for IBM Notes, a popular set of productivity apps once called "Lotus Notes." He also says he has an idea for something better that he sketched out two decades ago. Alas, no one's made it yet.

    Tim Ferriss has a personal assistant but says he could survive on his own, even without an app to help. "Most techies would be disappointed by how few apps I have on my phone," he says. To him, using apps or tools is just a means to an end. "Technology is a great tool and a horrible master."

     
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    He can't get Bianca furry friends done
    P.S if you need a flow chart to navigate your email you're a fucking idiot
     
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    Robin, I cant locate my checkbook to pay for the fucking cat shelter! ROBIN!
     
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    I heard Howie complain that when he's on shows like AGT, Letterman or Fallon/Kimmel the shows run smooth. He seems to consciously forget that a big chunk of his on-air material for 30 years is about the staff fucking up.
     
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    email is very simple to deal with: the secret to email is every morning to identify the 2% that have to be addressed within the next 8 hours, and to put the other 98% currently in your inbox, into your junk mail folder. at the end of the week anything in the junk folder that you have not had to retrieve from it because someone called you about it, delete.
     
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    Lotus Notes.
     
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    This all started in earnest when Daytimers got wildly popular in the 90s. I used to think people who came into my office with one of those fucking things were pathetic. What was wrong with a simple "To Do" list that served mankind just fine for several hundred years? Anyone who has worked in any kind of professional environment knows when something comes your way, you either take care of it right away, pass it on to someone else to take care of or delete it. Howie is too fucked up and insecure to let go of anything. Doesn't trust his staff at all (I probably wouldn't, either).
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    this is how i do my office email every morning: 1200 new emails. find the 24 i have to deal with today and transfer the rest to the junk file. before i leave friday the 480 in my junk folder move to deleted. monday morning i do the same thing with the weekend emails.
     
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    Doesn't Howard believe that if someone is producing, the best thing you can do is fire them? Maybe he should fire himself and Beth from the "charity".
     
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    Awesome thread. Cult of Personality is my 2nd favorite entrance song.

    If you've never seen Double L, the man himself @LawyerLarry, come out to "Voodoo Child" with bodyguard @ljc in front of a raucous sold out Fed Ex Forum you haven't lived. @MrPPV and I get our pre-drink on before going to the club to chase ladies just watching old Double L promos on YouTube.
     
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    Tim ferris is a scum bag con man... The company you keep...
     
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    my trash goes out on a Wednesday
    I remember this because it's always the same day and i'm not a complete fucking retard
     
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    I can see how GTD would appeal to Howard's OCD neuroses. That said lets take a look at GTD's results:

    Fired off AGT
    Florida mansion loses $7 million in value
    Alienates his fanbase
    About to price himself out of his own radio show


    GTD has been a disaster for Howie.
     
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    The guy who has an assistant, goes to a shrink four times a week, has a limo driver, cook and maid and only works 110 days a year really needs a planner?

    How can he possibly relate his life to a typical exec?