How GTD Supports your Behavior Patterns
Published on January 26, 2015 by Francisco Sáez
GTD responds to a number of behavior patterns that most of us follow in a predictable way.
Any person or organization wishing to develop a product—whether it’s a web application, a toaster or a building—must take into account how the people who will use the product usually behave. This is essential to design the product so that it’s easy to understand and use.
For many years, designers, researchers and cognitive scientists, have been observing how people use the things they have at their disposal. And they have identified a number of behavior patterns more or less usual, that most of us follow in a predictable way.
This week, as I was reviewing these patterns to bear in mind in the development of a new user interface, I noticed with some surprise how the GTD method has also been designed—consciously or unconsciously—to support these forms of behavior.
Published on January 19, 2015 by Francisco Sáez
Keep motivation in your projects by generating momentum.
“You cannot do projects, you can only do action steps.” ~ David Allen
Once you have started a project, momentum is everything. Momentum is a physical quantity that describes the impetus gained by a body in motion. Momentum feeds the motivation needed to continue the project and, of course, to complete it.
How that momentum is generated? Very simply: doing one thing and moving to the next. When you stop a project for whatever reason, when you get stuck in an action and do not advance to the next, you’re just killing the momentum. And that probably end up killing the project.
The Power of Thoughts
Published on January 12, 2015 by Francisco Sáez
You have the power to create things from your thinking, change your life and influence others’ live.
“The ancestor of every action is a thought.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Throughout the day a multitude of thoughts arrive in your head: ideas, things you’d like to do, people with whom you’d like to be, something you’d like to tell someone, something you should buy, something or someone that you would like to know…
Some are positive and show you what you should be doing to become what you want to be. These ones help to accelerate events. Others, however, will inject you some kind of fear so that you don’t do what you should. These ones slow down events.
FacileThings Report: Survey Results and Goals for 2015
Published on January 07, 2015 by Francisco Sáez
FacileThings Annual Report, market analysis and strategic plan for 2015.
In any project that requires some creativity—as any endeavor—it’s necessary to switch from time to time between acting and reflecting. Sometimes you have to shutdown, stop doing things, think of what you’ve done so far and discuss what should be the next steps to follow.
In FacileThings we have dedicated the month of December to make a full big-picture review. We’ve reviewed and analyzed a lot of data to see how we can improve the lives of our users for the next year, while we maintain our vision of developing a personal productivity tool based 100% on the GTD methodology.
For this, a very important source of data comes from a survey we conducted among our customers in late November 1. Below I show you the results of the survey, along with some conclusions and our development plan for 2015.
Just Get Started!
Published on December 29, 2014 by Francisco Sáez
You can overcome procrastination, but you need to understand how it works.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~ Mark Twain
All of us procrastinate occasionally. Most times it is simply to delay a few minutes or a few hours on something we must do (“come on, 10 minutes more on Twitter and then I’ll get with it”, “This afternoon I’ll call him, now I do not feel like it”.) Other times it is more serious, because our unwillingness to undertake that task affects other people and generates problems.
Now that the year ends and that you are probably thinking about some things you want to get done in 2015 once and for all, you need to realize that when you are constantly postponing something you have to do, you are the biggest loser.
Published on December 22, 2014 by Francisco Sáez
Someone said that there is no word more generally misinterpreted than the word egoism, in its modern sense.
“No one and nothing can make you happy. Only you can make yourself happy.” ~ Gerardo Schmedling
I know; to be selfish does not seem a very appropriate advice at Christmas time. Besides, nobody likes to be tagged as being “egoist.” In its most common use, an egoistic person is a conceited person, too engrossed with his/her own interests to think about those of others.
However, the word egoism is rooted in philosophical theories 1 that speak of self-interest as the basis of moral behavior. The moral or ethical egoism is an ethical doctrine stating that the only moral way of acting is in our own interest. Even when we help others, we do it to get a profit or gain from it. It gives the individual a fundamental value. Each person should provide for their own good.
The Cult of Speed, a Productivity Misconception
Published on December 15, 2014 by Francisco Sáez
The pace of modern life makes us confuse speed with productivity. Don't fall into that trap.
“I’m not a fast driver. I’ve seen what speed can do.” ~ Carol Alt
The concept of productivity is being carried to an extreme that I don’t like at all. I agree that time is precious and we should not waste it. But I do not agree that we should lose our essence as human beings to not give a second up as lost.
Before, the big ate the small. Now, the fast eat the slow. So get ready to run.
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