Sometimes memes strike me as simply childish. But here’s one (via The Vision Thing) that may reveal just a little about the people taking part. The meme is this:
- Grab the nearest book.
- Open the book to page 123.
- Find the fifth sentence.
- Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
- Don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.
I read that blog post while sitting on one of the sofas in our conservatory, which we’ve reserved as a child-free adults’ reading room. On the cushion next to me was the book I’m currently reading – Getting Things Done by David Allen. Spookily, the book was already open at page 123, which is precisely where I had read upto yesterday. Counting the sidebar, the fifth sentence reads thus:
“The in-basket is a processing station, not a storage bin.”
This is really one of the central messages of the GTD school of self-management. By removing the pressure created by having a full in-tray, Allen claims we can release our creative energy and thereby accomplish much more. I’m very optimistic that this system will work for me, and I’ll be implementing it during the upcoming Easter break. I’ll let you know how I get on…