Do you feel more productive now than you did several years ago?

That’s the question David Allen addresses in a feature article in the New York Times. 

When Office Technology Overwhelms, Get Organized

By DAVID ALLEN
Published: March 17, 2012

HOW do you think most workers would respond if you asked them, “Do you feel more productive now than you did several years ago?” I doubt that the answer would be a resounding yes. In fact, even as workplace technology and processes steadily improve, many professionals feel less productive than ever.

It may seem a paradox, but these very tools are undermining our ability to get work done. They are causing us to become paralyzed by the dizzying number of options that they spawn.

Is there a way out of this quandary? Yes, but it’s not going to come from the usual quarters. To be successful in the new world of work, we need to create a structure for capturing, clarifying and organizing all the forces that assail us; and to ensure time and space for thinking, reflecting and decision making.

 

Read the complete article here, or on page 1 of the March 18 print edition’s Business Day section.