There are many methods and techniques to become organized at home and work. The list is long and includes GTD, Building a Second Brain, KonMari, and many others. However, have you ever thought that the gains made by these approaches are only illusionary? Perhaps they are all simply feel-good methods that work for a short time and then fade away? In short, is there any science to back up the claims of these systems?
In a blog post on the revamped Getting Things Done web site, David Allen provides a brief overview to explain why methods like GTD have an impact that relates directly to cognitive science.
“Recent cognitive science research shows that the number of things you can mentally prioritize, manage, retain, and recall is . . . (hold on) . . . four! If you park any more than that in your head, you will sub-optimize your cognitive functioning. You will be driven by whatever is latest and loudest—rather than by strategy, intuition, or objective assessment.”
Read the rest of David’s thoughts along with his book suggestions on the Getting Things Done blog.