Synapseburning.com is changing. It will no longer be about “exploring ideas” in the broad sense of the term. I will no longer mix movie reviews with book reviews, fiction with non-fiction, self-help with classic novels. I have come to understand that if you want to try to be good at something, you have to specialize, you have to focus more narrowly. And that’s what I’m going to do with this new iteration of Synapseburning.
What will I focus on? Personal development. I will write about a topic that I’ve been passionate about since I was a teenager. The idea that you can improve your life – your work, your relationships, your overall satisfaction – by learning skills, tips and tricks or just by reflecting along with the world’s greatest mentors. To view life as a journey in which every day can be a chance for learning, for improvement.
There is no simple recipe for living a happy, satisfying life; but there are many core principles and techniques that can point you in the right direction. This blog will explore many many of them; compare and contrast them; implement them and assess their value.
The starting point will be a book that I consider my “bible” of personal development, Getting Things Done by David Allen. A book that I have read many times since 2008 and that I have been revisiting ever since. I consider myself a “GTD practitioner”, as the lingo goes, and I’m not embarassed to say that GTD is at the core of my “life management”. So the first articles will be about GTD: why I love it, what I get from it, how I use it. But also: its limits. And why GTD must be integrated with other systems and disciplines: we must go from personal productivity to personal develpment… task management is but one part of our improvement path.
So our journey will begin with GTD but take us very far… We will start with the mundane (and honestly quite uninspiring) topic of task management and gradually move to broader topics such as energy management, habits/rituals, long term goals, relationships and spirituality.
As with every great journey, we know when and where we start, but we are not sure where it will take us, and how long it will take. I invite you to join me!