David Allen Archives - Next Action Associates

The one list people trust

If you’re like me, with quite a number of lists of many next actions, projects, someday/maybe’s, etc., you’re likely to encounter people who question your efficiency if not your sanity. “You’ve got so many lists! That’s just too much work!” (Sound familiar?) If you...

Why “LIST” is a dirty word

What’s wrong with lists? Most people haven’t had a lot of success with lists, especially the ones they’ve tried to use to “get organized.” You are either attracted or repelled by your lists and everything on them. There is no neutral...

David Allen quotes

“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” “Most people feel best about their work the week before their vacation, but it’s not because of the vacation itself. What do you do...
David Allen talks to the San Francisco Chronicle on ways to stay productive amid the information overload

What Decisions Are You Avoiding?

Every senior executive I’ve ever coached, without exception, has at least one (and usually several) key projects hung up and bottlenecked at him/her, simply because it requires a decision about something and there’s no clarity about what action is needed to move forward on making that decision.