January 12 Meditation (Daniel Ilett)

January 12 Meditation (Daniel Ilett)

For nearly a decade, I have been organising my life according (more or less loosely) to the principles laid out in a book by David Allen called Getting Things Done, principles so prolific among a certain nerdy subsection of the productivity-obsessed internet that they have come to be known casually as GTD. This year, I am re-reading the book for the first time, an updated version released in 2015 (much needed, given the first was published several years before the invention of the iPhone).

I track what books I’m reading on Goodreads, but I was reluctant to add this one. Productivity has become rather unpopular among my friends, and with good reason. Your productivity is NOT your worth! And my semi-conscious belief that while that might apply to my loved ones it does not apply to me comes from a deeply unhealthy place. I live my life by GTD because I live my life by an insatiable need for external validation.

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