Stop Dropping The Ball And Get Things Done

Are people beginning to drop hints about your forgetting to do something? Too often? Do you think of things you’d like to do? And then think of them again a week later? Are you stressed out trying to remember things?

Lately I have run across many people exhibiting those traits.

I recommend the methodology of David Allen laid out clearly in his book Getting Things Done.

Someone remarked recently about how productive they think I am. Well, to be honest, I could be better–I’m looking into my daily habits. But, I adopted the GTD method about 10 years ago. After trying a number of digital apps as an aid, I settled on Nozbe.

Want to be more productive? Buy the book. Read it. Do it. If Nozbe helps, get it. There is a free version or you can upgrade for a few more features.

Method

The reason I talk about this in a spiritual development blog is that if your mind is not clear and you are worried about many things (Martha), then you will not be able to settle into your study, prayer, and meditation time.

Collect

Collect all the things you need to process, remember, do. Emails, requests, “honey-do”, reports, shopping lists, and so on.

Put them in one trusted place. Either in pen and paper in a file folder or in one digital spot.

Process these things:

Can  I do them in 2 minutes or less–then do it.

Is there a date requirement–put in a dated tickler folder to pull out on the date you’ll do it.

Is there a context? Gather all your things to get while out running errands. List all the calls you need to make while you have phone time. List all the things to do while you’re working at your computer. Etc.

Most important–translate everything into next actions. If your action is “birthday party”, you’re not quite right. Your next actions really are something like write invitations, mail invitations, buy cake….Get the picture?

Everything goes on a list.

Every night, look at the list and determine the three most important tasks to tackle tomorrow.

Every week, review the previous week and the upcoming week and determine what you need to get done.

Every month, take some time and review at a higher level. Is what I’m working on helping me accomplish what I want to and become the kind of person I want to be?

Every year take a couple of days into a self-retreat. Think about the bigger picture of who you are and what you want to do and organize your lists or set project.

Stopping dropping the ball. Become known as a dependable person on top of things and your life.

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