Merlin Mann Stops Getting Things Done

I like Merlin Mann. A lot. He's become the geek poster boy for GTD, created the Hipster PDA and promoted the idea of Inbox Zero. So why does he now want you to fuck off?

I like GTD too. A lot. So do a lot of other people. A whole industry has sprung up around the GTD movement, from books and software to consultancy and seminars. And that's Merlin's problem. At what point does GTD become an end in itself, rather than a means to achieve your goals. It is very easy to spend so much time planning to get things done that you never get round to getting things done. You read the books, you buy the software, you block out your time and all of a sudden you life is about Getting Things Done, instead of getting things done. So now Merlin wants people to move their focus back to doing the things they want to do. Whatever techniques you use to get those things done, to be creative, to solve problems, are great, but stop obsessing over the techniques and start obsessing over your goals. I love this approach, I also love that Merlin wants you to spend less time on his site (having a web site is, by nature, at least a little egotistical, so this makes a refreshing change) and more time doing your own thing. 43folders now has an excellent page on how to use 43folders with the first question as follows:
Why am I here right now instead of making something cool on my own? What’s the barrier to me starting that right now?
This could be enough to get you off your arse and back to things that are important to you. I suspect I will use this page a lot. In the meantime, I'm going to focus on a few projects of my own. The NI Creatives site needs to get started and I'm going to be soliciting suggestions from people as I meet them. I could spend time planning it in meticulous detail and it would never get done, so tomorrow I'm going to get a first draft up and running. It can grow from there. I'm also starting out on my Cocoa learning program now my Hillegass has arrived. Every day I'm going to spend at least half an hour furthering my knowledge. So, Merlin, thanks for the inspiration to do my own stuff, now can you help with getting off my arse and getting started? For everything Merlin does (and I particularly recommend You Look Nice Today) visit www.merlinmann.com