I'll never forget my last day as a first-class midshipman. Our commanding officer called each of us up to the front of the battalion for a hearty handshake and a farewell gift from the unit. Upon returning to my seat, I opened the small box and found a personalized 3x5 leather organizer inside. It was my first exposure to the "Day-Timer" time management system. I was hooked. Since then, I've been perpetually fascinated by the promise of being fully organized-no great idea goes undocumented, no task lost, no contact forgotten. In the unending pursuit of this elusive goal, I have endured countless new technologies, acquired at least seven habits of only moderately successful people, and made countless New Years' resolutions. The ugly truth was that I suffered the chronic, and sometimes fatal, Type-A malady of worrying that I had forgotten something important, perhaps to be lost forever in the abyss of unchecked to-do items.
Charting Your Course: Life Hack 101: Getting Things Done
By Christopher P. Michel