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David Allen on The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (Full Transcript)

So, you need to build maps of all of this, so that you can step back and see the whole “gestalt” of what your life is involved in, so that then, you can make good intuitive decisions about what to do.

By the way, once you experience that, I’ve never had anybody make that list and not come up with, “Oh! That reminds me!”, and at least add three, or four, or five significant projects to their list they needed to; they were already there but they were just more subtle, more strategic; they had not identified them yet.

So, I guarantee you those three things. Now I may have just jumped you back into reality, and maybe reminded you that you’re not a productivity ninja yet. That’s OK. It doesn’t take you long to get to where you want to get to about this.

Very simple folks! Just write stuff down. Decide actions and outcomes embedded in them, get yourself a map of all of that, so you can step back and take a look at it. And then, basically, you use the map to decide, “OK, here’s the course that we’re going to go on.”

You then launch the ship on a trusted course on to the short term, as well as on the long horizon that you’re moving on. And then, on some regular basis, you need to reassess, “OK, we need to take in new data, clean up, recalibrate, and refocus for the next leg of the journey.” It’s that simple.

By the way, my girlfriend in that adventure did not stay my girlfriend very long, she quickly became my wife, and for the last 22 years, we’ve experienced and enjoyed lots of planned and unplanned adventures.

So, my wish for all of you is, for all of those adventures coming towards you, and they’re coming towards you. In order to take maximum advantage of them, find your own ways to be appropriately engaged.

Thanks for listening.

 

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