The elegance of productivity doesn’t just come from handling your “important” projects and actions, but also includes the rigor of managing the mundane and less important ones. Problem is, most people think they should consistently ignore the mundane and focus on only the important ones. There are limited times and contexts, though, in which you can do that effectively. For the most part, you have limited space or brainpower to tackle The Big Things. The trick is to know how to use the rest of your day, when your brain may be fried and your time constrained. You might find that handling the little stuff will help the other priorities along wonderfully.
This excerpt is from a recent issue of David’s “Productive Living” newsletter. It’s free and sent about every 4 weeks. You’ll find essays from David Allen, thought-provoking quotes, and productivity tips you can use every day.
If you’re looking for inspiration to exercise, especially after a big meal on Thanksgiving, here’s a good reason—you’ll be more productive!
Exercise Increases Productivity
by Robert Pozen, posted: 10/23/2012 7:13 pm
Everyone knows that exercise can improve your health. Exercise is a key part of managing your weight and maintaining healthy hearts, lungs, and other bodily systems. But did you know that exercise can make you more productive? The latest research shows that a regular exercise routine can make you happier, smarter, and more energetic.
Read the full post here.
“Priorities are determined from the top down—i.e., your purpose and values will drive your vision of the purpose being fulfilled, which will create goals and objectives, which will frame areas of focus and responsibility. All of those will generate projects, which will require actions to get them done.”
—David Allen, Making It All Work, Appendix vii, Horizons of Focus
David Allen did a live Q&A with Fast Company today. Click here to see the questions that were submitted, along with David’s answers. From runway to projects to goals, there are plenty of examples of how people like you are applying GTD in their lives.
David Allen will be doing a live Q&A with Fast Company.
GTD! Q&A With “Getting Things Done” Author David Allen Live
Join Fast Company as we chat with the popular productivity expert.
Join Fast Company on Tuesday, November 20th at 3pm ET for a live Q&A with David Allen, author of Getting Things Done.
Click here at 3pm ET on November 20th.
Ever feel like your email processing would be better if your coworkers just sent better emails? David Allen Company is offering a 30-minute Express webinar on this very topic. You’ll hear advice from one of their senior GTD coaches about the best practices for email communications with others—including when to use email, using To vs: Cc, writing effective subject lines, creating agreements about response times, and more. Get tips you can bring back to your teams for more productive email communication.
Tuesday, November 27th from 10am-10:30am. Open to all GTD Connect members. Not a member? Try a free, two-week guest pass, which makes you eligible to sign up for this webinar. Look for the registration link on the home page after after logging in.
Question: How do you keep from taking the “easy way out” of answering calls and responding to emails etc., to avoid the high-level work?
David Allen’s answer: It’s usually because of lack of sufficient reason to be doing the thing or lack of a sense of control in the initial engagement—physically, mentally, or emotionally. If the life of someone dear to you was dependent on you finishing the writing project in the next 24 hours (an outcome meaningful enough, I would guess), I think you’d find yourself breaking through some resistances to get that done.
You may have read that the latest innovation from Silicon Valley is that the employee perk is moving from the office to the home. That article referred to work-life balance as a nonsense term, based on an archaic segmentation of work and life.
How is your GTD system set up to handle work life and home life? Is there a distinction, or have they blended?
To stimulate your thinking, you can open the larger (more readable) version of this infographic, courtesy of Compliance and Safety, that illustrates the @Work state of mind.