You can think of David Allen’s Ready for Anything as either a follow-up or companion to the brilliant Getting Things Done. Where GTD (as all the cool kids are calling it) is a fairly dry step-by-step on how to implement Allen’s methodology for personal productivity, Ready for Anything has him musing on the “whys” of his methodology rather than the “hows.”
It’s a slim volume with bite-sized chapters that’s surprisingly uplifting and a must-read if you’re any kind of GTDer.
David Allen does a fantastic job of walking the really fine line between self-help mumbo jumbo and sound psychological principles for dealing with the things life throws at you.
Also worth reading if you tried to read Getting Things Done and found yourself bogged down in the manual-like tone—Ready for Anything makes you understand the underpinning and reasoning of Allen’s system. There are some very thought-provoking ideas in here.
Posted Wednesday, 14 January, 2009 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.