September 15, 2009
TCB Tuesday :: Getting Things Done
"Operate at a high level of productivity".
This is a line from David Allen's Getting Things Done that pretty much sums up how I feel about my life. I would say that most of us feel like we are constantly going, have an endless to do list, an endless email inbox, there's always something.
With two small businesses, a husband, an 18 mo. old & a household there is always something. and something else. and another thing...and I would probably be up until 2am every night working (or crying) without "GTD" - as we followers call it. ha - oh you haven't read his book? Amazon. Now. the link is up there, I won't even care if you leave to go order it.
Probably the biggest piece of the book that helped me is the Grand To Do list - the list where everything in your life that needs an action goes. There are so many places to keep your To Do list, but I've figured out I'm a pen & paper girl & like to have my list in front of my eyes all the time. So I divide a piece of paper in four sections labeled with the four major areas of my life:
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Each Tuesday I start with a clean sheet of paper, carry over what went undone from last week and write down any and all new things that have come up. The key is to write down "next actions", not big lofty To Do's like "launch new website". Just write down the first little action you need to take to get to launching your new website. Then when you complete that one, write down the next & so on. Having a list like this enables you not to think, but DO.
This is just a tiny snippet of this concept, but it really has helped me so much. If this has struck a chord with you at all I say get the book! I don't think you'll be disappointed.
P.S. One more concept I LOVE is, "if it will take you less than 2 min. to do, do it NOW". I apply this to email a lot since I have a tendency to compulsively check my email like 20 times a day, but not actually reply to any of the emails I get. If it's a quick reply I try to do just send it right away or else it might sit in my starred folder for a week. Truthfully, I'm still working on the email thing. I'll let you know if/when I get a handle on that one.
P.P.S. And if this has bored you, sorry. I'll be back tomorrow with pretty photos : )