I’ve been reading Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind by Gary Marcus. One of the things the book discusses is that the parts of the brain responsible for abstract goals and evaluating long term priorities are relatively recent additions to our ape brains. It was a big deal when scientists discovered that crows could make tools, because it demonstrated that they too could engage in a complex form of reasoning, continuing to work at something in spite of lack of positive outcome, in order to bring about a longer term goal.
A month Mac-less and office-less has renewed my hatred of paper. I’ve got a new Palm device, and I’m on another organizational kick. So, now would be a really good time to e-mail me (see address at bottom of any page of web site) with changes of address, phone number, spouse, gender, etc. Also, of course, it’s the season when we celebrate the solstice and nature by cutting down trees and turning them into folded pieces of cardboard with pictures of trees, snow, reindeer and fat men in red suits on the front.
Today is my 5th anniversary at IBM. I don’t get anything exciting like more vacation, but I got congratulations from my manager. Work had been starting to get out of control, and home wasn’t much better. I’m moderately well organized, but I decided I needed to do better. So, I’m trying to implement the suggestions David Allen writes about in Getting Things Done. There are, of course, thousands of self-help personal organization gurus in the US.