Getting Things Done – but how?!

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I want to write more
I want to write more
I want to write more
I want to write more
I want to write more

I write more!

I want to make videos
I want to make videos
I want to make videos
I want to make videos
I want to make videos

I make videos!

How to get more things done

Yesterday I went to a seminar with David Allen. He is the author of Getting Things Done.

I want to share with you 3 take aways from this inspirational evening, organized by 4YoungPeople.

  1. Dumb people think they can be smart all the time. David says: “If your brain had a brain, you didn’t need a system.  Then your brain’s brain would remind you in the supermarket that you need cat food.” But because that isn’t the case most of the time, you need to have a system (a shopping list). Put the bag you MUST bring to your appointment, next to the door if it helps you not to forget it. That is not dumb, that’s smart (what a relief, those things are part of my system, I thought that was dumb;) Thank you David:))
  2. Mind like water. Strive for a clear space. “Your mind is for having ideas, not for holding them.” Write down your ideas, projects, appointments, call back, errands to run, things to repair in your house, people who are waiting for your response, etc. That will give you clear space, in which you can focus on things that matter.
  3. Getting Things Done is not about time management. It is about being fully engaged in and focused on the things you are doing and want to do.

Be more creative

David asked us: “What would you do when you have more clear space?”
Most people say things like: “I want to be more creative.”  Or: “I want to engage more in strategic thinking.”

I decided I want to write more and make more videos. So I am going to do that. Starting today.

P.s. David reminded me of something. Sometimes I feel like “Why can’t I just remember to buy cat food? Why do I as a well educated person need to make lists to don’t forget those things?” And sometimes I feel rebellious. “I don’t want to be organized” or “I don’t want to plan, I just need more time to be creative.”

Davids told us: Most people feel good in their work one week before going on a big holiday. Why? They have lists of everything they need to do/finish or delegate.

Imagine you would feel like that all the time? Use a system to accomplish that.

Question: What would you do if you had more ‘clear space?’

 




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