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 […]

“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,

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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) – […]

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 […]

(contains spoilers) A movie about downtrodden men forced to live in tiny cells under the relentless guard of cold and often harshly rude soldiers is bound to draw us emotionally closer to the prisoners. In some scenes we might even mistake the “captors” for the terrorists, so de-humanizing is their conduct; the “detainees”, on the contrary, could […]

As a father of two young daughters, I was drawn to Meg Meeker’s bestseller Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters as a way to reflect on my role, particularly in the context of a society which seems to relegate fathers – and parents for that matter – to a secondary position. Meeker’s words resounded with me when, […]

(contains spoilers) Is life worth living even when we know death is around the corner? Does life need to have a transcendental meaning to be meaningful? The wonderful motion picture “The Fault in our Stars” attempts to answer these timeless questions by focusing on the love story of two terminally ill teenagers. Teenage love should be filled […]