Summary: A quick review of Matt Cornell’s new e-book on establishing a productive methodology.
Matthew Cornell (aka “Idea Matt”) has been around for as long as I’ve been blogging, and was one of the few people I knew of who was blogging actively about workflow in a way that was practical and matter-of-fact. He sent me a copy of his new e-book, Where the !@#% did my day go? a few weeks, which I dutifully forgot about until he gently prodded me again a few days ago. Flushed with shame, I read through the book’s brisk 23 pages and found it to be an excellent description of a methodology that’s quite compatible with Getting Things Done. I forgot about the ebook again for a few days while I did other things. I finally read through it again, and my impression still stands: this is a neat handbook that covers the issues facing productivity-challenged individuals, with suggested workarounds and practical examples. At $27 for the download it’s not the cheapest e-book around, but the information-per-dollar ratio is high. This same 23 page book could have been expanded, in the hands of a less scrupulous author, into hundreds of pages of anecdotal credibility-boosting side references of a suspicious nature. This e-book is happily free of such crud.
I’ve been writing about similar subjects over the past few years myself, and have more of a reckless approach to productivity, so stylistically (if there is such thing as having a “productivity style”) I may not be the book’s target audience; I like productivity that makes alarming hissing noises and sometimes goes boom. By contrast. Matt’s book is quite reasoned and practical, and is designed to walk you through the process of getting organized and–most importantly–feeling a productive sense of accomplishment. If you are just starting to wrap your head around becoming a more productive individual then this is a great way to quickly get up to speed on the major obstacles you’ll face. On the other hand, if you’ve already been following the whole GTD/productivity scene for a couple of years, you may not find as much material that you haven’t seen elsewhere in some form or another. If that’s the case, the real utility of this ebook would be as a great introduction for your loved ones and/or sluggardly coworkers, so they too can experience the wonders of being more productive! I believe Matt uses this book and materials like it in his own workflow consultancy practice; in fact, he does have a package where $95 gets you the ebook and a 25-minute consultation. It’s a good idea if you’re serious about getting started. In fact, I should totally steal this idea for my design practice…thanks, Matt! :-)