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  • Help me follow gtd?

    I have researched gtd extensively and i am starting to understand how to be more productive. Here are the tools i use so far:
    Task list/inbox/somedaymaybe list in a notebook
    goals
    schedule with when to complete tasks timeframes

    i still can not get over procrastination and get work done.
    can someone give some advice on what else i can do and what will help? thanks in advance.

  • #2
    a few ideas

    A few ideas would be...

    1) Have you read the book? It's important to hear GTD from David Allen directly, instead of the summaries you find online. If you have not read the book, I recommend doing that first (you will be setting up your system as you read probably anyway) There is a CD version (GTD Fast, I think) that is sometimes available in local libraries but is no longer being made IIRC.

    2) The most important thing to do is to write down the things in your lists, and to review them often enough. If all you do is carry around a notebook and write everything down in there and review it often enough to be reminded of the things you need to be reminded of, you will be ahead of most people. All of the rest is just ways to improve upon that.

    3) Procrastination is hard to beat, completely. However you can get a lot more things done just by laying everything out (in writing) of the things that NEED to be done. You will still have to work on not procrastinating but you will become much more productive in the menatime.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by lifepwn View Post
      i still can not get over procrastination and get work done.
      What do you think to introduce the possibility to choose?

      Choose what make sense for you to do.

      What is it really important to do today or tomorrow, for you?

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      • #4
        A big part of procrastination has to do with unclear goals and objectives. Knowing what you want to accomplish or work towards goes a long way in determining what you should be focusing on and, more importantly, in motivating you.

        You may also want to think of the emotional outcome. Just think how good you'll feel once you have a few hours of work behind you. From that you'll get a lot of momentum. An additional motivator is to reward yourself afterwards.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by lifepwn View Post
          can someone give some advice on what else i can do and what will help? thanks in advance.
          (1) Read the book
          (2) Go to #1

          - Don

          PS Reading the book is a great way to procrastinate, but I also find it self-limiting.

          PPS The audio book is also highly recommended.

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          • #6
            Procrastination is one of the most pernicious roadblocks to progress, it seems. And it's self-reinforcing - the more you put off something, the worse you feel about it, so the more you put it off.

            Procrastination has a variety of causes, and each different cause requires a different solution. So, for instance, someone who procrastinates because they're an adrenaline junkie and love that last-minute rush, would need to fight it using different methods than someone who's avoiding their book-keeping because they're worried about money.

            One thing you need to remember is that procrastination is a learned habit, and it's reinforced by your glands. When you're sitting facing a teetering pile in your In Tray, and wondering what things are going to blow up in your face if you start delving, your body is busy producing stress chemicals, increasing your heart rate and blood pressure, and so on. So simply deciding to stop procrastinating won't work (and will in fact probably only make you feel worse, if you scold yourself about it).

            Ask yourself a few questions, like:
            • Do I procrastinate on everything, or just some things?
            • How do I feel when I face something I should be doing?
            • What do I do instead?
            • Am I thinking about the whole project before I do it?
            • Do I have a Next Action, and if so, could I do it within 10 minutes?

            Well-defined Next Actions will help somewhat, as they remove the "I don't know what to do" problem, and also work with the "I see myself doing the whole project and it's all too much" problem.

            There's a whole lot more that I could write (procrastination is one of my hobby-horse subjects ), but for now that's a start.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dschaffner View Post
              (1) Read the book
              (2) Go to #1
              ...Don, after the start-up, I'll add:

              Read Making it all work.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by clango View Post
                ...Don, after the start-up, I'll add:

                Read Making it all work.
                Sure thing Claudio. Also I think "Ready for Anything" can be a great inspirational read. With 52 chapters, you can read one a week after your weekly review.

                - Don

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