The designated meeting day In order to improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of their teams working from multiple locations, organizations are proposing or even imposing that certain days are to be designated as "meeting days". On these days, remote workers are expected to be present at the office to participate in meetings. Now, while … Continue reading What about a meeting-free day?
The short of it At a certain point, you need to make a lead of faith and start trusting your GTD system. If you do not do that, you will not be able to test its real relevance to you. The Last Crusade There is this great Indiana Jones movie. It is not Raiders of … Continue reading Leap of faith – trusting your GTD system
Why you should not be responsible of answering every email immediately Imagine a situation where you are putting a small stool next to your post box. Rather than doing anything useful, you just sit there, trying to get things done while stopping every five minutes to open the post box, just to make sure nothing … Continue reading Presence versus contribution
What does your to do list look like? Take a look at your to do list. It looks anything like mine, it's a set of executable actions structured by project, as well as some structured single action lists. Look closer still... How many of these projects are really core to you? The real you? How … Continue reading Does your attitude match your altitude?
Are you looking for permission? Look again Lots of people I know look around frantically for someone to give them permission. Permission for almost anything in their lives. Such an attitude is a great way of avoiding the responsibility of doing anything at all with your life. But of course it also helps you avoid … Continue reading Just do it
Embracing outcomes I've always embraced the idea of defining outcomes for all projects in my project list. It made me feel like my projects were going somewhere, rather then being just a summary of disjointed actionable items which had some commonality because they aimed to achieve a certain goal. Rather, outcomes are expressions of what … Continue reading PRINCE2 lessons for GTD – Project products, products and outcomes
Introduction A couple of days taking a car instead of public transportation really eats into my opportunity for writing. Apple launching its iOS 7 did not help either, as I spent all of the past two nights installing and playing with it. That said, I did take the time last night and on the train … Continue reading Repositories
Or, content cannot exist without a context. Mmm, I see you frown and wonder what I am going on about now. Let me explain. Why motivational gurus confuse me Motivational gurus often pose the question "What would you do if money or other limitations were not a factor?" Similar questions suggest you imagine yourself to … Continue reading The problem with no limitations, or, the need for serial dreamers
I'm linking to an excellent article by Matthew Leitch, who is one of the key people I've been folllowing for years because he has excellent insights on risk management. The article here and the interactive assessment page here are wonderful examples on how to lose what I call GTD block: how can you hold on … Continue reading “GTD” block … is fight or flight really necessary?
Another quick consideration: "how clear is your next action?" I believe it was Merlin Mann who first spoke about the idea of making sure your next action is a delegation to your future self. He made that statement as a comment on ways to ensure task clarity. Kourosh Dini refers to this as well in … Continue reading How clear are your next actions?