One of my goals this year is to read more – I would like to read two books a month ☺ Difficult task to accomplish, since I seem to never have enough time. So, thinking that I may not reach my goal, and looking for strategies to avoid failure, I’ve started read GTD, or Getting Things Done, by David Allen. This is perfect, don’t you think? I read a book and, at the same time, I improve my time management!!!!
I am in chapter 1, or the art of getting things done, and I’ve already learned a lot. For starters, he says that it is possible for a person to have an overwhelming number of things to do (ME!!!!!) and still function productively with a clear head and a positive sense of relax control (NOT ME!!!!)
And he goes on explaining that your answer to events is a key action, in the sense that if you overreact or underreact to something, that thing has the ability to control you. So, responding inappropriately to your email (like checking it 10 times a day) will lead you to less effective results than you’d like – SO TRUE!!!!!
So, what do we do first? We identify our commitments and find way to deal with them! In what concerns identifying our commitments, it may appear to you as a very straightforward thing to do…but it isn’t! Because everything that you have the smallest amount of responsibility to change, finish, handle or do something about it is a commitment! And it will stay in your mind, preventing you from being totally present until you deal with it!
David Allen says something very interesting about this: “At least a portion of your mind is really kind of stupid (…) if it had an innate intelligence, it would remind you of the things you need to do only when you could do something about it”