A True Life Saga of GTD in Action Meets a Review of MIAW

Date: Thursday, January 08, 2009 by GTD Times Staff

Venkatesh Rao is a quintessential GTD’er.  Seven years in the trenches and he’s probably forgotten more about GTD than most people every learn.  He’s also one of those individuals gifted with the intellect and the energy to manage a level of productivity that few people even aspire to, let alone achieve.

In a mammoth post Venkat relays how a day that starts off terribly and only manages to get worse is made not merely manageable, but actually successful by virtue of his GTD habits.  What’s more he manages to gracefully articulate exactly why GTD proved invaluable in the trying circumstances he describes and even more surprisingly he seamlessly weaves in an insightful review of David’s new book, Making It All Work, and even puts it in context alongside David’s first book, Getting Things Done.

Although only an overachiever like Venkatesh would consider an epic like the one he’s penned a mere blog post, it is absolutely worth the ten or fifteen minutes it will take you to read and digest his post.  Not only is it time well spent because of the information it contains and the inspiration it will provide but also for the powerful examples he delivers in what was a very personal blow by blow of a day that he artfully shows us was saved by David Allen and a pair of swim trunks.

Editor’s Note:  Venkatesh has previously contributed to GTDtimes.  You can find his other post here.



2 Responses to “A True Life Saga of GTD in Action Meets a Review of MIAW”

  1. Tina says:

    I am a novice when it comes to GTD so I may be wrong here. However, I can’t help but wonder how someone who seems to be a blackbelt in GTD was caught unprepared for so many things: from not packing needed things to missing / forgetting meetings.
    I am glad GTD disciplines made a bad day good but it seems, ideally, GTD should have helped prevent the bad day (be more prepared).

    I enjoyed the article. It was very entertaining.
    Thank you!

  2. Touche Tina!

    You are right, GTD ideally should be prevention rather than cure, but it is nice to know it works as a cure too. I am still blushing a bit at this over-the-top praise for me from the gtdtimes editor. I guess if I am a good example for anyone, it is probably just for modeling persistence rather than skill 🙂 Rather like Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke who keeps getting back up after getting punched down.

    Venkat

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