Category Misc

The balanced life: escaping short-termism and developing an internal compass

“What is essential is invisible to the eye” says the Little Prince. I agree. One of the core principles of time management and, indeed, of personal growth is that the important often eludes us. As I discussed in my previous post, if we don’t practice an intentional life – where we consciously direct our focus […]

The intentional life

Personal growth is about taking our lives into our own hands. It is about living a life “by design”, instead of “by default”. It is about being proactive with our time instead of reacting to the environment. Stephen Covey and Tony Robbins talk extensively about this. Covey invites us to “be proactive”, his first – and most […]

The weekly posting challenge

I want to be honest: this blog is not going very far. I launched it six years ago and have only managed to write 25 posts: an average of a pitiful 3 per year! I have struggled to find my “voice”: I am interested in many things, and have failed to give the blog a clear […]

A different perspective on getting things done: Tony Robbins

“Time is emotion”. “Throw away your todo list”. With these provocations Tony Robbins pushes us to go beyond the mechanics of traditional time managament and even GTD, because mechanics accounts for only 20% of success, passion for the remaining 80%. “Reasons come first, answers come second”. If you have a strong enought purpose,

9 things I love about GTD

For me, GTD is much more than a system for getting things done. In this post, I will give a brief overview of the great many benefits I get from it. 1. It helps me live in the moment I said this before: the most important benefit of GTD is that it promotes a healthy mental […]

GTD: a career booster?

I talked about some negative misconceptions of GTD in previous posts. GTD often gets a bad rap for the wrong reasons, such as for allegedly driving us towards compulsive hyper-efficiency or for making us the servants of our task lists. None of this is true: GTD can be used in many ways by different individuals, […]

Your task list: servant or master?

Another misconception about GTD – and about task management in general – is that you basically become a slave to your task list. Life becomes deprived of any form of spontaneity: you get to work, and look at your task list; you go home, and look at your task list and… you feel compelled to […]

Is GTD all about hyper-efficiency?

GTD is the current “gold standard” of personal productivity systems, and rightly so: it’s extremely effective, and in my experience no other methodology comes close when it comes to getting our lives under control. Even practitioners that evolve away from it – as I have, to some extent (more on this in future posts) – […]

A new kind of blog… 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 […]

Trading as a metaphor for life

I love trading the stock-market. The reason is not because I make a lot of money out of it; I started only 3 years ago, and I would be lying if I told you that I made any money at all. So what attracts me to the Market is far more than the potential to […]