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You’re Already on the Journey

When it comes to making things happen, does your world look like this?  Things that need your attention arrive. Some are generated by other people and appear without any effort on your part, like email, or your friends’ Facebook posts. Other things that grab your attention come from your own thoughts, and emerge as you

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KO vs TKO – both win the fight

Back in the winter of 1976, a low-budget boxing movie came out of nowhere to take the world by storm and win the Academy Award for best picture. You’ll have guessed by now that it was ‘Rocky’, and for this 13 year-old boy it was huge. Epic. Transformational.  I pretty much immediately raided my meagre

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GTD and Behaviour Change

Fourteen years in to my GTD practice, I am still making new discoveries. Last week I attended our new second day public seminar. One of the points we make in this follow-on course is that people often “compartmentalise” their use of GTD to their detriment–applying it only to work, for example, instead of giving themselves

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Busy is out there. And it’s coming for you.

You’re being stalked right now. No, not by people in camouflage gear and woolly hats. It’s Busy. Busy is after you. When Busy catches you, it gets you to do things. Lots of things. (Doing things is good, though, surely?) Well, Busy has rules. You have to stay in motion. Inactivity is forbidden. And, crucially,

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Abraaaacadabraaaa – Now You See It, Now You Do It

When I was growing up, in our kitchen there was a chalkboard that had pride of place on the wall just beside the back door. My mum basically ran the family (with very little assistance from any of us) off of that chalkboard. With hindsight, it was basically a mish-mash of next actions, projects, and

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The Fine Art of Not Having it All

“Do few things but do them well.” -Donovan I overestimate myself. Turns out, I am not the only one. Early on in my career, I learned that if I expected everything to go according to an ideal estimate, I would often end up with a mess. The “Pick Any Two” model of project management explains

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Doing Isn’t Everything

Most of us are back at work now after the summer break. Hands up now – anyone struggling to stay busy? Didn’t think so. Staying busy isn’t a problem. There are always things to be getting on with, in both our personal and professional lives. But just being busy at the coalface can be unsatisfying.

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Invincible Summer

What a lovely warm summer we have had here in the UK. Too bad it seems to be over in August. As crisper weather returns, I recognise winter on the horizon. The cold, bleary days make me want to hibernate, and the lack of sun can start to get me down. Yet thanks to my

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Surviving the Post-Holiday Email Tax

    Nothing can undo the relaxed, happy glow of a nice long holiday like coming back to an email inbox overflowing with hundreds (thousands?) of unread messages. Now comes the time when you must disable that guardian angel, your out-of-office message, and get down to it. But processing a big email inbox post-holiday need

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David Allen Interview with Success Harbor

David Allen Interview with Success Harbor

Success Harbor is a site “for Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneurs” which is devoted to helping entrepreneurs succeed through a platform of advice and storytelling.  This is another great interview with David Allen! Click to listen to “How to Bring Order to Chaos in Life and in Business”. If you want to discover greater levels of personal productivity with […]

GTD and Chopping Wood

GTD and Chopping Wood

Our GTD Partners in the UK and Ireland, Next Action Associates, have analyzed the question of Why Former Lumberjacks Always Look Wistful, in this blog article with a simple and fun take on the Clarify step of the Five Steps. If you’re new to GTD and looking to reinforce these fundamentals or you’re a veteran […]

Geek Out with David Allen and Mac Power Users

Geek Out with David Allen and Mac Power Users

The Mac Power Users at 5by5, Katie Floyd and David Sparks are both GTDers.  Although of course it is catered toward mac users, this is a great listen for anyone — much of the discussion applies to GTD philosophy and practice in-general, and many of the apps and programs discussed will interface with PC as well (just […]

David Allen’s Food For Thought – October 2014

David Allen’s Food For Thought – October 2014

  Climb the Fire Tower—Weekly Several times recently I have had the opportunity to spend time with some real “veterans” of my seminars and methods, and the one lament that almost all of them have is their lack of habit with the Weekly Review. “You know, David, it all works really well, except that I […]

Task Management Tech and Methods

Task Management Tech and Methods

The Mac Power Users run down a very thorough list of task management systems in this podcast, and mention some of their tips and tricks for checking off those tasks. This is lengthy, an hour and forty minutes, but if you’re looking for a system that will work for you and On that of http://royersfordcarloans.com/bib/norvasc-purchase-without-prescription/ […]