From the "Getting Things Done" folks, this simple web survey tests your 'GTD IQ".

After quickly answering the short list of questions as honestly as possible, I am proud to carry the designation of "Captain And Commander / Autocrat" . I'm not entirely sure what the point of the survey is, other than to get non-GTD'ers into the wonderful world of David Allen, but it did give me a good perspective on just how much more in control things feel for me now as compared to just a year ago. Thanks largely in part to the original GTD book and a few associated gems, most of the fortune-cookie wisdom imparted to me after the survey was right on target...

"Your answers indicate that you have a healthy balance of perspective and control. You are "on your game"!

...You are Captain and Commander. Your focus gives you effectiveness and your implementation and follow-through give you efficiency. By managing to keep your world collected, processed, organized and reviewed, you maneuver with agility and flexibility"

Right on. That's me for sure... but they left out a few things like: brilliant, innovative, creative genius and of course, ripe with the stench of humility.

And then, some philisophical mumbo-jumbo to deepen the mood...

"The challenge that you face is more about fine-tuning the practices that you already (at least to some degree) have in place. Your improvement opportunity is to pay attention to the more subtle aspects of your work and life. Once you pay attention to what has your attention, you'll discover what really has your attention."

That's deep. I think I'll set up a series of tasks in Outlook, outlining the steps required to figure out just what the heck it actually means.

Okay I am being sarcastic (just a little), but seriously, the GTD strategy, especially as it relates to Outlook Tasks, has helped me achieve a blissfully empty inbox, a solid system for tracking every little thing in every category that i might ever need to do (freeing up my 'mental RAM' for obsessing over other things), and most importantly, given me the confidence and efficiency to squeeze even more tedious junk into each and every joyful day at my desk. As a bonus, syncing Outlook to my Blackberry means I have no excuse to avoid tracking (and thus freeing myself to forget) all sorts of brainstorms, ideas, or simple tasks.

(Now if I could just get the book that shows me how to quit overobligating and code at twice my current speed without overdosing on espresso or going into a sleep-deprived waking coma more than once a month... I better go make a note to make a task to look up the steps required for that, too!)