Have you read any books that have made a dramatic impact on your life?
While I had great ideas from many of the books I've read, the following books stand out because they changed how I work.
Getting Things Done (GTD) by David Allen
I read GTD when I became a senior software developer at a consulting company. For the first time, I had several different projects going on at once. I also started leading a team of other developers. The tasks were piling up, and I needed a solution.
While I don't adhere to a strict GTD system by any means, the key concepts I still use in my productivity methods today.
- Capture everything to get it off your mind.
- What is the next action?
- Projects are anything that takes more than one action to complete.
- In which context will I work on this?
How To Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens
As a Developer and then Software Architect, I have to take many notes and write a lot of documentation. I was always good enough at writing, but my notes were useless. I would jot things down but never look at them again.
How To Take Smart Notes introduced me to the world of the Zettelkasten. Since then, I have been building a personal knowledge base that proves its value all of the time.
- Writing is thinking.
- If you're stuck, move on to something else.
- Never start with a blank page.
- Review your notes consistently.
- Make connections between your ideas. Fill in the gaps with questions and new ideas.