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Getting Things Done--Chapter 1

A summary from David Allen's book "Getting Things Done"

John Spencer

on 30 January 2013

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Transcript of Getting Things Done--Chapter 1

Why things are on your mind: 2013 2009 2010 2011 2012 Team 0 + - = 9 8 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 c ...describe it... Now write down the very next physical action required to move the situation forward. ...organize stuff. Getting Things Done What is your mind supposed to do? First of all, if it's on your mind, your mind isn't clear. Anything you consider unfinished in any way must be captured... ...in a trusted system outside your mind... ...that you know you'll come back to regularly and sort through. Second, you must clarify exactly what your commitment is and decide what to do, if anything, to make progress toward fulfilling it. Now... Let's try it out... What's on your mind? ...at this moment! Write it down... GET IT OFF YOUR MIND! Fix stuff... But what do we make it do? Which does it do better? FIX! So why do we force it to organize? We don't have an external organizing system. You haven't clarified what the intended outcome is; You haven't decided what the very next physical action step is; You haven't put reminders of the outcome and the action required in a system you can trust.
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