Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Getting Things Done

After reading Getting Things Done by David Allen a couple of years ago, I ordered a copy of the Revised Edition to read as I set up my own "command central." This is an easy-to-read step-by-step approach to getting organized and setting up a system that keeps your mind free (rather than trying to hold all the things you need to remember), thus reducing stress and increasing productivity.


The thing I appreciated most about the book was the fact that I was already doing some of the things that were recommended; however, I've now incorporated more of the process so that I have a better system for tracking projects and ideas and things I might want to do someday.

Two of my favorite aspects of the GTD (Getting Things Done) System are the Two Minute Rule and the Weekly Review. The Two Minute Rule basically says that if something can be done in two minutes or less, do it now rather than putting it off or scheduling it for later. This is such a simple rule and seems pretty intuitive; however, I've caught myself several time putting off something that can just be done and over with in less than two minutes.

The Weekly Review is designed as a time set aside each week to review and update our calendar, next action lists, project files, etc. I've been doing something similar for many years - updating my calendar and preparing the next week's calendar and to-do lists, but I've incorporated some additional things after reading this book. I now process the texts and notes and messages on my cell phone as well as my email pending items during this time. I have a checklist to be sure I've reviewed everything and am all ready for the week to come.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to have a system for getting things done in a productive way and creating a stress-free (as much as possible) life!

Have you read this book? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

1 comment:

Patio Postcards said...

I haven't read this book, but always like to explore new ways of doing things. I'll see if the library has. Here's to reducing stress in any form!