Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Getting things done, making things work

I've been very influenced by the two books Getting Things Done and Making Things Work, both available here at the Butler libraries. Perhaps the thinking in the following letter from the author, David Allen, will express why:

Hi Everyone,

As we near the end of 2010, it's a good time to let go of what no longer works for you—physically, mentally and emotionally. You'll be amazed at the creative energy that will often come forward when you do this. I bet you each have at least one, if not several, new projects, that will delight and amaze you, just waiting to come forward. And probably at least a few projects already in motion that could use some fresh, unencumbered attention put on them, with lots of new and creative ideas that could be captured and incorporated. Letting go of the old makes room for the new, if you allow it.

If you're still trying to get your arms around the whole "projects piece" of GTD, our new Managing Projects set seems to be connecting some important dots for folks out there from what we're hearing.

All the best,



DAVID'S FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Good Riddance
It's time to purge.

The end of a year and start of the new is a great metaphorical event you can use to enhance a critical aspect of your constructive creativity—get rid of everything that you can.

Your psyche has a certain quota of open loops and incompletions that it can tolerate, and it will unconsciously block the engagement with new material if it has reached its limit. Release some memory.

Want more business? Get rid of all the old energy in the business you've done. Are there any open loops left with any of your clients? Any agreements or disagreements that have not been completed or resolved? Any agendas and communications that need to be expressed? Clean the slate.

Want more clothes? Go through your closets and storage areas and cart to your local donation center everything that you haven't worn in the last 24 months. And anything that doesn't feel or look just right when you wear it.

Want to be freer to go where you want to, when you want to, with new transportation? Clean out your glove compartments and trunks of your cars. And for heaven's sake, get those little things fixed on your car or bicycle or motorbike that have been bugging you.

Do you want more wealth? Unhook from the investments and resources that have been nagging at you to change. (And give more than usual to someone or something that inspires you to do so.)

Do you want to feel more useful? Hand off anything that you are under-utilizing to someone who can employ it better.

Want some new visions for your life and work? Clean up and organize your boxes of old photographs. Want to know what to do with your life when you grow up? Start by cleaning the center drawer of your desk.

You will have to do all this anyway, sometime. Right now don't worry about the new. It's coming toward you at lightning speed, no matter what. Just get the decks clear so you're really ready to rock 'n' roll.



"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone."

-Henry David Thoreau
"Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity."

-Albert Einstein

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