GTD - Getting Things Done - David Allen

If we were going to name the single most useful thing that we've learned about getting work done it would be David Allen's GTD approach to personal productivity. This is the Zen of work life. Read it. Use it. Be it. We highly recommend the book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

Pomodoro Technique

From Wikipedia: The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. These intervals are known as "pomodori", from the Italian word pomodoro for "tomato". The method is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.

From personal experience we can say that:

  • This really really works.
  • It is SHOCKING and eye-opening to discover how radically ADHD you actually are!
  • Repeated and disciplined use of this technique does improve both your productivity and the satisfaction of living and working in flow more often.

Personal Kanban

Personal Kanban is a simple way to visualize and control your work that emphasizes delivering more value from your work not just doing more work. And if you're new to Agile you can practice and experiment with it on yourself (the perfect test subject <grin>)! Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life by Jim Benson & Tonianne DeMaria Barry.