Monthly Archives: June 2016

Father’s Day

It’s my second father’s day.

My son did not make a card or paint of picture of me as a father’s day gift, but yesterday in class, during music time, he took a bell from the teacher’s basket after squeezing through among other bigger kids. Once he got out from the crowd, he saw another kid who was about his same age and size but was just standing there because he could not squeezed through.

He looked at him, without second thought, and gave the bell to him, went back to the crowd and get another one for himself.

His shown of character is a much better gift to me than anything else.











Getting Things Done


I picked up this book after reading the Sprint book by Jake Knapp. Knapp said in his book that Getting Things Done was one of the book for future reading, so I went ahead and starting reading Getting Things Done after finishing the Sprint book.

The author, David Allen, stressed that Getting Things Done (GTD) can be read as a reference book by picking topics that the reader is interested or can be read from beginning to the end. I read it from the beginning to the end and I definitely will use it as a reference book as I am implementing the GTD method for personal and professional work.

I hoped I read this book before I was introduced to different organization software such as Evernote, Inbox by Gmail, or Asana.

When I started using Evernote, Inbox by Gmail, and Asana, I had a hard time understanding how to use them. When I was going through GTD, these software started to make sense.

For example, every projects in your Evernote is basically a notebook. As you were doing research or receiving email, organize them into each notebook for immediate use or future reference.

Every incoming email is basically a to do job. In Inbox by Gmail, if the incoming email can be done in 2 minutes, do it. If not, set it to late time by snoozing it and set it at the time I felt I can do it. If it’s someone else’s job, forward it to the appropriate person. If the task is something I will do in the future but no time limitation, just snooze it without setting a date. It’s a reference? Put it to Evernote. It’s an useless email? Delete it or archive it.

In Asana, set the goal (or I like to call “end game”) and layout the steps needed to take to accomplish them.

I wish I had the knowledge of GTD before I have the tools. Now the tools all make sense and I wish the GTD method will help me be a better person at time management and a team player.