#17 How to Get the Right Things Done w/David Allen

We tend to think about personal productivity as doing more things more effectively – being able to optimize work processes, time schedules and to-do-lists. That is often not the case. In fact, personal productivity is about doing the right things rather than to do more things. It’s about having a clear mind, when you run a busy life – and most importantly: How to get things done. 

David Allen is wildly recognized as the world’s leading authority on personal and organizational productivity. During the past 30 years, he has conducted pioneering research, coached and educated some of the world’s highest performing professionals. He is here to help us get [the right] things done. 

David will talk about

  • What is productivity, actually? It’s not time management, for sure. 
  • Why the daily to do lists don’t work. Your life is too much of a surprise. 
  • Why the next step is the most important one. 

Are you too busy? Here are the key points

We can learn a lot from David Allen’s Getting Things Done, when we want to make a change. Here are my three key takeaways. 

#1 Productivity is really just about doing what is most important to you. Don’t let yourself be misled by the words ‘personal productivity’; it’s not about being more efficient at work, or measuring everything, or trying to achieve. It is about making sure that you are prioritizing what you think is most important in your life. So for instance, if you go on a vacation to relax, then relaxing is the most productive outcome. Or if you choose to spend more time with your kids, then it is not productive to sit on your e-mail in their presence. 

#2 Clear your head. David Allen believes that we should empty our minds, by capturing all your projects on paper, identify the first or next step and actually start doing the tasks that matter most to you – instead of just thinking about them. In fact, a lot of what keeps us awake at night or what gets us all stressed out, is that we desperately try to remember our mental to do-lists. We can’t and we shouldn’t. 

#3 Find out what works for you. David has designed a whole system, which identifies how to capture, how to sort, how to manage tasks etc. But that system may not work for all. In fact, he suggests that you find a system that works for you and then follow that. 

Curious for more? Here are the links I promised

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