Re-embarking on productivity! Yes, even with all the tools, calendars, CRM systems, assistance – virtual and real, if you are like me, you find yourself overwhelmed and under performing. When that happens, you suffer, your organization suffers, your customers suffer and in the end, it is your fault – really.
At those times I take a “back away for a bit” approach. Even though that approach annoys those in my organization, my frustration and annoyed attitude seems worse than backing away.
As I back away, I review what my options are and normally find myself back reading and practicing the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology. A great book and philosophy by David Allen.
I have used this methodology for organizing my workload and those around me – even though that part can be as hard as pulling your own teeth. As I restart and make it obvious, those around me notice and get a bit miffed at my rigid attitude but I believe in the long-run they’d agree that the benefits outweigh any un-pleasantness.
GTD essentially comes down to “get it together” (Collect as David Allen puts it), “make sense of it” (Process as Mr. Allen states), “get it sorted out” (Organize), “check it out regularly” (Review) and of course DO IT! For short I just remember CPORD….
Getting it together means exactly what it says, not some minimal version, a MAXIMUM version of it. Leave no stone unturned! Gather all of your “stuff” into one place, be that an inbox or a cardboard box…. it is critical to get it ALL into one place. This can take minutes to hours, yes the 1st time will likely be an hour or even more. You will gather notes, documents, letters, brochures, file folders, hanging folders, things behind doors, in the car, in the trunk, VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING. No cheating here!
Now the fun begins…. You get to trash a bunch of it, handle some of it, and finally delegate or schedule NEXT ACTIONS.
If you are tired of drowning in “things to do”, I’d appreciate the opportunity to discuss how we might assist you in clearing your head and maximizing your efforts to success. Success being the ability and reality of growing your business while maintaining a healthy life style.
We can assist you with the GTD processing and then the tools and methodology adoption in your environment. Note that YOU must adopt first and then we can assist you with the team adoption.
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