Categories | David Allen | Getting Things Done | Implementation | Inspiration | Psychology of GTD
In a recent issue of Productive Living, David Allen says:
My essay this month talks about the wisdom of “the way out is through.” I hope it gives you some good direction on dealing with what may be dragging on your psyche and systems. Defining what you are not doing is as important as knowing what you are doing for stress-free productivity. Having things you’ve told yourself to do (implicit agreements with yourself), still undone, can be deadly to your confidence and energy if they are not appropriately managed by constant renegotiation with yourself.
DAVID’S FOOD FOR THOUGHT
THE WAY OUT IS THROUGH
Most of you reading this don’t even have time to finish to perfection your current set of projects, even if you stopped the world from giving you anything new, and you had several months or even years within which to do them.
It’s strange, but I work with people to define the work they are not doing.
There’s an old Gestalt theorem — the way out is through. Defining what we could do, and what we are doing right now instead — managing the triage strategically with ourselves and others, is a key component of managing ourselves and our workflow these days. You can only feel good about what you’re not doing when you know what you’re not doing.
There is no catching up. There is only catching on.
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