Month: October 2007


Serpentine Wall

Taken from a pedestrian bridge over the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Serpentine Wall

GTD Review and a seasonal photograph

I ran across a really good review of Gettng Things Done by David Allen at The Simple Dollar website. Trent does a great job describing the various chapters in the book and gives it a buy recomendation at the end of the review.

Took this picture in July but it’s pretty appropriate now since the leaves are turning and starting to fall in the backyard.

Leaf Covered Path

The Weekly Review

It’s Sunday… It’s 5:00 am… It’s a cool fall morning and I drag myself out of bed for my weekly ritual. It’s called the “Weekly Review” and it’s an essential part of the organizational philosophy called Getting Things Done (GTD) by David Allen. It will consume the next 2-3 hours of my morning as I review the activities/notes of the past week and get ready for the week to come.

Those of you who know me know that I’m somewhat obsessed with orginization and the GTD method. It comes from years of trial and error with other systems. I’ve found the GTD system just clicks with how I function.

Clearing my head of unwanted distractions allows my creative energies to flow and ultimately it helps me relax. The outcome of this weekly appointment I have with myself is a clearer understanding of everything on my plate. From emails to phone calls, from meetings to projects, everything gets touched and the next action for each activity is clearly identified.

Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to attend David’s 1-day seminar in Chicago as well as loan copies of his book to friends and co-workers. Some have adopted the GTD principals & others really need to give it another shot…

Now that the decks are cleared and all loose ends are tied up, I can go upstairs and relax with another cup of coffee… I’m cooking 3-meals this afternoon to get ready for the upcoming week.  More about my cooking obsession in a future post.

Ray of sunlight on a copper still

My wife and I took some time in September to drive down to Kentucky and visit a couple of Bourbon distilleries. This picture is my favorite one from that day. It was taken at the Woodford Reserve distillery in Versailles, KY. It’s a picture of one of their three copper stills. It was taken with a Nikon D100 using available light (1/30 sec @ F4.5).

Ray of sunlight on a copper still

Haircuts & T-Shirts

I went to the Sports Themed place near my office for a haircut. The dude did a good job but I was itching like crazy all the way home!

This got me wondering… Why didn’t the whole Flowbee thing take off? I mean it’s such a great idea for people who don’t want to have to run home and take a shower after a haircut… I would gladly pay extra for a barber who can not only cut my hair the way I want it but also make it so I don’t have to deal with a million little pieces of hair on my face/ears/neck!

I always like those logo tees. Here’s a site that has a ton of unique ones (think X-Mas Gift!) I wear a Medium (hint hint).

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