I started to comment to this post at Cranking Widgets, and I got a bit carried away. I guess the discussion touched the same nerve for me as it did for him. Before I hit "submit", I realized, "Hey, that's right! I have a blog, too."
I've only had this blog for four days, and I'm already posting my first rant.
So here's my knee-jerk reaction to feed the troll who wrote a rant (warning: contains profanity) against productivity blogs:
Hmmm. Does the appearance of blog-trolls prove that GTD has proven itself a religion? Animosity like his is usually reserved for religion and politics. It's impressive how quickly trolls sniff out a bit of truth or passion.
Productivity means reading a novel instead of searching for tax documents. Productivity means being not being late for your kid's school performances or too overbooked to attend. Productivity means having time to review what you submit with time to catch major errors before release. Productivity means not feeling the need to speed when driving. Productivity means remembering to bring the coupons with you to the supermarket.
Productivity means making decisions and meeting deadlines.
Everyone trots out the likely deathbed wish for "more time." Productivity junkies are just looking at the expense column of the Time Revenue Equation, aware that nothing can be done about the income side.
People who like to think, think a lot. They don't stop thnking when the clock strikes 5:00 p.m.
On his blog, the troll growled,
"You do not become a programmer, or an engineer, by making more efficient use of your toothpaste tube..."
That toothpaste tube represents lifetimes of innovation and creativity on behalf of its inventors and manufacturers.
I'm a stay-at-home-mom of 5. Every second I save belongs to
I was an electrical engineer before I had kids. I'm also a grandaughter of an engineer, a daughter of an engineer, the wife of an engineer who is the son of an engineer. My sister is an engineer. I assure you that my sister, my father-in-law, my husband, my father, my grandfather and I ALL have passionately held opinions about how best to use the toothpaste.
We like to think about many things, including toothpaste tubes. Social creatures, we share, discuss, and delight in wisdom, however trivial. The "blogosphere" just takes our discussions global.
The giraffe developed a long neck. The porcupine, quills. Humans (and even some trolls) develop websites. If you would like to boycott the World-Wide Wisdom Repository, we won't miss you. You, sir, can just go and...and...Oh, go twiddle your fonts.
[clears throat, wipes spittle from chin, looks around]
Was that aloud?
Um, what I meant to say was, uh, I choose to spend my spare time looking for spare time. So shoot me.
As you were....