January 6, 2005

Organizing Complex Projects

A great use of Flickr to demonstrate concepts:Getting Things Done with Index Cards - a photoset on Flickr: "No batteries, no text files. This is how I do it."

I think this is how I'm going to do it from now on as well. The problem with large complex projects organized on computers is that, as I am finding, to file it is to forget it. It also cuts down on the need to see the big picture. Computers may facilitate multi-tasking, but they inhibit omni-tasking.

Indeed, I recall a long profile of the writer John McPhee that described a similar system he used to produce those books where each paragraph would seem like a perfect gem.

Posted by Vanderleun at January 6, 2005 7:32 PM
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Outstanding! You made my day. I've been struggling with a facilities move project and this makes everything so simple. Sometimes we assume that technology is the solution to technological problems, when actually it is part of the problem.

Posted by: Stephen B at January 7, 2005 12:30 PM