Even though you’ve come to know me on this blog as writing mostly about David Allen and his GTD methodology (I’m trying to keep this blog as GTD specific as possible), I am actually inspired by a lot of other great authors as well. This week’s edition of Weekend Wisdom features 4 of my favorite authors with 2 quotes from each of them. I hope their collective wisdom provides some interesting food for thought during your weekend. Enjoy your weekend!
Decide the outcome and the action step, put reminders of those somewhere your brain trusts you’ll see them at the right time, and listen to your brain breathe easier.
His first quote effectively summarizes his own GTD methodology. Always ask yourself: “What’s the successful outcome? And what’s the next action?”. Apply the GTD principles consistently to experience that feeling of relaxed control, a “mind like water”. The power of outcome focus and “programming” your mind to filter actions is discussed here.
Once a week, do a thorough review of all your projects in as much detail as you need to. If you do, your systems will work. If you don’t, no system will work.
His second quote emphasizes the essential component of GTD: doing your weekly review consistently. It’s been said that you’re not really “doing” GTD if you’re not doing a consistent and full weekly review!
Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.
We like to think about doing or changing things. We like to talk about doing or changing things. It doesn’t mean anything if you keep procrastinating instead of making a decision and actually taking that action and making that change! Read more about making a decision and GTD right here.
Perhaps the very best question that you can memorize and repeat, over and over, is, “what is the most valuable use of my time right now?”
This question, along with other questions, can help you determine your priorities when it comes to choosing a next action or defining a project.
A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.
This ties in neatly with the ideas of GTD and decision making. Don’t make vague commitments; decide either way and then resolve to take the very next step towards your goal.
Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!
I usually overestimate what I can do in one day, but I’m always surprised what I can accomplish in one week!
Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven’t paid the price to decide what is really important to them.
Once again, one of my favorite quotes when it comes to decision making and determining your values and priorities in life. In general, I recommend combining Covey’s insights (more of a top-down approach) with GTD principles (bottom-up).
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
I use the “ladder against the wall” analogy many times. Some people focus on climbing a ladder really fast and efficiently, only to find out is has been leaning against the wrong wall in the first place!