norbauer has an entertaining and-thought provoking take on new year’s resolutions and GTD. in it he quotes BennetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Principles of Underachievement:Ã¢â‚¬Â
- LifeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s too short.
- Control is an illusion.
- Expectations lead to misery.
- Great expectations lead to great misery.
- Achievement creates expectations.
- The law of diminishing returns applies everywhere.
- Perfect is the enemy of good.
- The tallest blade of grass is the surest to be cut.
- Accomplishment is in the eye of the beholder.
The essential point that we must confront here is that the achievements which seem so important and for the pursuit of which we perpetually torture ourselves are on the one hand futile and the other utterly insignificant. What is the ultimate summit we expect to reach? And if we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t answer this question, why do we exert ourselves as if weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re heading towards one?