Category Archives: GTD


I woke up at 4:30AM this morning. I did this because I want to make a creative change in my life and I want to stick to that change. That’s why I’m here telling you about it. It gives me a sense of accountability moving forward.


The reason for this change in my life is because the work I’ve done over the last two years Podcasting for TransMissions and creating entertaining videos for Team Power Awesome Team has been really fun and creative. I haven’t felt this creative since my first job as a graphics monkey for a game developer before the dot com bubble burst. Just a few months ago, I got to attend TFCon Toronto and meet my TransMissions Cohosts for the very first time. This is not something that would have normally happened to me. And I liked it. A lot. And like some kind of really amazing drug, I want to do more of it.

So, here I am. Feeling more creative then I’ve felt in years. All I want to do is keep Podcasting and creating these fun YouTube videos and whatever else all of this creating may lead me to.

But there is a problem. I have a growing list of all kinds of things I want to do for these projects, but I don’t have the time to work on them. My lack of time has become a roadblock for my creativity and productivity. I’ve got to find more time.

One option would be to quit my job. Just like that, I could have an extra 8 hours a day to get things done. I would love to do that, but it’s not realistic. At least not yet. TransMissions and Team Power Awesome Team do pull in a little money, but not enough for me to quit my job just yet.

So, the next option is to wake up really early. Before anyone else is awake. 4:30AM kinda a early. This will give me a couple of hours each morning, to myself, to work on projects. I plan to alternate my mornings between working out and working on my list of things for TransMissions and Team Power Awesome Team.

This being my first morning, I worked out. It sucked. I’m groggy and out of shape, but I’m going to stick with it because in the long run it’s going to help me wake up by 4:30AM. I’ll alternate each day between working out and working on projects.

Tomorrow morning, I’ll focus on a Transmissions video project that’s been on the back burner for months now. Eventually, I’ll also get caught up on Yoshi’s list, Transformers Comic Book Reviews, and other creative projects that have been on stand-by because I haven’t had the time to do them. Wish me luck as I try to make this change in my life to be more creative and produce more content.

The Memory Palace

Memories, remembering, and how thought and the recall of thought works for people is something I often find myself thinking about a lot. I think this is because at one point in my life I needed to be on antidepressants and they really messed up my short-term memory. So, I find myself thinking about how people remember things and recall things.

The first time I started thinking about how the brain and thoughts work was early on in school. I was told by my music teacher that the human mind can only handle seven independent things/thoughts at one time. If you add an eighth in the mix, one of the other seven will no longer be available to you.

The way this applies to music and my drumming, he told me, was that when you are drumming you are using all four of your limbs behind the drum kit. Your arms and legs. Each one is doing something independent of the other. That is four things your mind is tracking. You are also keeping time in your head and anticipating what is coming next. That is six things. The seventh thing I find myself doing while I am playing music is just either looking around and being observant of the other musicians. Sometimes I’m thinking about random things such as what I am going to make for dinner or what is on the agenda for work tomorrow. That’s my seven things at once. The brain can’t handle anymore than that. This point gets proven over and over again with me during band practice whenever anyone hits a note that is not correct, or plays something different. This by default makes me drop whatever extra thing I am thinking at the time to focus on the change in the music. Sometimes I won’t be as lucky and forget what I was thinking. Sometimes one of my legs or arms will quit working and the drum beat I will be playing will sound wrong. So a lot of discipline goes into being focused and prepared for something unexpected when I am playing music with my band.

In the past I have talked about how much I like, and use, the Getting Things Done (GTD) work methodology developed by David Allen. It’s great for keeping tasks and projects, both work and personal, organised in a way that allows you to get things completed quickly and efficiently. But the thing that makes GTD so great is the fact that it frees up your mind to allow you to have ideas. Unlike remembering things, having ideas is something the mind is great at doing.

“Your mind is for having ideas, not for holding them.” – David Allen

By being able to put your tasks down in a system that you trust allows you to focus on your next action rather than spending your time worried about the overall project. It really is a life changing way to work and get things done. If you have not looked into before, I highly recommend that you do so.

The latest thing I have been learning about almost contradicts GTD in a way. The Memory Palace is an ancient way of remembering anything. By having a house for all your thoughts that are triggered by distinct locations within the house of your minds eye you can recall any kind of information. See the videos below to better understand what I am talking about.

Bob Iger Interview

Bob Iger is the current CEO of The Walt Disney Company. This guy is someone who caught my attention early on when he started working as CEO for Disney because he gave an interview in TIME magazine, I believe ( I still have the interview clipping) where he talked about his normal work day and how he manage to get things done. Little tips and tricks he shared with the Magazine. Things like how to make sure he had enough time to just get work processed that was sitting on his desk. How to properly thank people and to use history as a key to master the future. I guess you could say he is someone I respect and find inspiration in.

The other day I saw this video posted on hulu. I have no Idea how long the video will be available, but I wanted to share with anyone who is interested.

Paper Block

paper-blockThe paper block is just that, a block of scratch paper that you can terror off. Like a 3M sticky note, but no sticky side. Just paper. The paper block has become a key part of my GTD dump process. Someone storms into my office with something for me to do while I am already working on a project. I jott it down on my paper block, rip of the page and put it in my inbox. Then continue on what I was originally working on. Someone calls while I am in the middle of an office memo e-mail, I write it down on my paper block, rip it off and put it in my inbox.

I find it so much better then using sticky notes. It’s so simple and easy.