A common question I’ve heard from GTDers is, “How often should I do the Mind Sweep?” The answer is easy—clear your mind as often as you can of what’s grabbing your attention. Remember, the Mind Sweep isn’t about sitting down to create a To Do list. It’s simply asking, “What’s grabbing my attention right now?” Asking that question can help you fully focus on what you want to focus on, versus where your mind is trying to yank you. Remember, your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.
Some times to consider doing a Mind Sweep:
You may be surprised how often your mind has something to clear.
—Kelly Forrister, Senior Coach & Presenter with the David Allen Company.
You’ve probably heard David Allen say that he’s the laziest person he has ever met. “I often admit to that in my seminars, and lots of people think that’s the silliest thing they’ve ever heard—they see me as highly focused and productive. But to me lazy just means making something happen with as little effort as possible.”
Now there’s encouragement from The Economist. This article points out that activity for its own sake may be counterproductive.
In praise of laziness
Businesspeople would be better off if they did less and thought more
Aug 17th 2013
It is high time that we tried a different strategy—not “leaning in” but “leaning back”. There is a distinguished history of leadership thinking in the lean-back tradition. Lord Melbourne, Queen Victoria’s favourite prime minister, extolled the virtues of “masterful inactivity”. Herbert Asquith embraced a policy of “wait and see” when he had the job. Ronald Reagan also believed in not overdoing things: “It’s true hard work never killed anybody,” he said, “but I figure, why take the chance?”. This tradition has been buried in a morass of meetings and messages. We need to revive it before we schedule ourselves to death.
Read the full article here.
David Allen’s TEDx presentation is an inspiring and educational look at the art of stress-free productivity. With this GTD lesson on TED-Ed, learn practical ways you can be more appropriately engaged in your life. Take a quiz. Join the discussions.
This is also a great way to share GTD with your friends, family, and colleagues.
As we get into the weekend, it’s time to ask, like the song says, “Are you having any fun?”
One of the best reasons to have a complete and current inventory of all your commitments is so that you can feel good about what you’re not doing. So get whatever is still on your mind captured in your GTD system, and then hop into some weekend fun.
Have you yet discovered that your mind has limited space, and it’s a terrible office?—David Allen
When was the last time you had what David Allen calls “mind like water?” If not lately, or not as often as you’d like, take the Guided GTD Mind Sweep webinar this Thursday, June 13 from 10am-11am Pacific time. This working webinar will give you a supportive and fun opportunity to capture what’s really grabbing your attention. It will also give you a refresher on the fundamental questions to ask to keep things off your mind and get them into your trusted GTD system.
The ability to quickly capture a thought and get it off your mind makes all the difference in how well you can focus on what you’re doing right now. Having a capture tool that’s with you when you’re out and about is essential. The elegant GTD NoteTaker Wallet will capture all those random thoughts that occur at the most unexpected times and places.
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