Getting Things Done

by Colin Warwick

There aren’t many books that I’ve read multiple times, but Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen is one I keep coming back to whenever I’m stuck in a slump. Here’s a brief summary of the “unsticking” exercise from page 13 that I use whenever I’m in the doldrums:

  1. Take a pen and paper
  2. Write down the project or situation that is most on your mind at the moment. (Just thinking about it isn’t enough. Writing it down makes it concrete.)
  3. Write down in a single sentence your intended successful outcome for the project or situation
  4. Write down the very next physical action required to move towards the successful outcome
  5. Do it
  6. Consider how much better you feel now
  7. Carry on applying the Getting Things Done method.

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