Well, this is a place I never imagined I would be: Carla Bobka, blogger. But, in the past few weeks I have come to a new place in my appreciation for why this is worth devoting time to. This is a terrific way to capture snippets of life, ideas, learnings, goals, etc.
A month ago I gave a presentation at Diamond State ARMA’s monthly meeting on organization. It was focused on techniques I picked up by reading David Allen’s “Getting Things Done.” In addition there were a number of other technology based organizational tools that I use, like Jott.com, and MS OneNote. The presentation is essentially about getting all the information flying into your life into some semblance of order. I had developed it while reading the book, because I was so excited about how much more in control of things I was. I felt as though I had gotten an extra hour added to my day. The feeling of seeing your Inbox at zero is amazing! Last summer I gave the presentation to our Customer Service group.
I am an ARMA member, and one of my customer’s handles speaker engagements for the chapter. She had hit a snag with the February program, and having seen my presentation last fall, she asked me if I would mind giving it to the chapter. I was very flattered. But, also a bit nervous, as I’d only been a member for 2 months. I revised and updated things, and the presentation went well. Actually, the room was packed. We typically have 15-20 members attend, but this time there were 24. That day I decided it was due to people’s schedules leveling out now that the holidays were over. I’m comfortable speaking to a group, so once I began things were fine.
The feedback I received afterwards was great. A number people sent me an email later that week to say they’d implemented a couple of the techniques, and had been successful at feeling more in control of all the information and deliverables they had.
In March I saw the same group at a conference. At least 6 people told me they had bought the book, and began to put their own system together! It was tremendously flattering.