Getting the Right Things Done
Written by Jay Turo on Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Dave Allen, author of the great productivity best seller "Getting Things Done," has developed an almost cult-like following for his ideas, structures, and best practices around to-do list management, prioritization, and metrics and schematics that define what an effective and productive day should be.
Without question, there are great benefits to his methods, and I especially like his best practice of always ending a meeting, conversation, or work on an open-ended project with the simple question of "What is the Next Action?"
But a focus on simple to do list management is far from sufficient.
The reason why is simple. Plans and strategies, by their nature, are speculative and assumptive.
When stated this way, it becomes obvious that there is a very high likelihood that a plan as designed will not work.
So, does this mean that planning is worthless? Of course not!
2. But for everything else that falls outside of this realm, the right mindset is one of testing and exploration, of brainstorming, of speculation and possibility. Of open-ended questions.
My answer is - no surprise here if you've ever met me at a party - is to have my cake and eat it too!
And when you balance doing and dreaming like this - and sprinkle in a little luck, you will very soon find yourself every day getting more of the Right Things Done.
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