I use, and have previously blogged about, tools such as Backpack and Scrybe to help me get myself organized, get things done, keep track of stuff, etc. My use of such tools reminds me of one of my favorite quotations.
I love work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me. The idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.
I love organization. I can surf around Organization 2.0 services and reviews thereof for hours. But I don’t like doing the things that these tools tell me to do, any more than Jerome K. Jerome’s narrator likes doing work.
I’ve just passed in grades for the spring semester. That means I have fewer immediately pressing things to do than I have in a while. I will spend some of the rest of the week doing things I should have done ages ago. I will probably spend some of the week getting (re)organized by overhauling my Backpack and finally having a real go through my paper in-tray.
If history is a guide, I will not subsequently make good use of this reorganization and the projects, etc., defined during it. I will spend some time blown around by winds of enthusiasm and interruption, some time becalmed in procrastination, etc.
Now, time to get ready for that 1pm meeting…