Productive Living
David Allen

Hi Everyone,

I'm thoroughly jazzed about some opportunities to collaborate with Tony Schwartz, the co-author of The Power of Full Engagement and author of The Way We're Working Isn't Working. Tony and I connected and found our methods and perspectives are a perfect match-up, rounding out a whole model about how we manage energy and focus. We decided to explore ways we could work together on a couple of events in the next few months. We'll let you know what emerges.

All the best,

David

DAVID'S FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Actively quiet and quietly active...

Someone in a seminar I was giving asked me, "How can you pretend to be relaxed, if you are talking so fast?!"

It was a good question, and I had to think for a few moments about it. In truth, I was relaxed. I was just enthused with the information and the receptivity of most of the people to what I was sharing with them.

It made me realize that many people have an image of "relaxed" as laid back, quiet, and passive, the opposite of "type A" behavior, in which stress and pressure manifest as workaholism and frenetic activity.

I suggest another paradigm, in which we can be quietly active and actively quiet. I am increasingly getting accustomed to having my life line up inside of me, balanced, with positive focus and energy. In that state, however, I have noticed that any number of expressions may show up as natural and appropriate. It could be tranquil repose; but it also could be very dynamic motion.

In my seminars I am animated and intensely "on" for many hours on end. I am often asked, at the end, "Aren't you tired?" Actually, I am—but it is usually the kind of tired I feel after a good physical workout. I don't have the energy to do much more of that, but I'm invigorated and renewed on many other levels.

I find myself "wasted" and "burned out" only when I have been expecting results not matched by reality. Like trying to push water upstream. That's when I "need a vacation." That's when I'm off track.

But when I express myself with integrity, completion and closure, keep my own agreements with myself, and accept the reality of life as it is delivered to me... it's cool at any speed.

"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about."

-Charles Kingsley

 

Q&A WITH DAVID

Q: What is the Mind Like Water analogy you use in GTD?

A: It's pretty simple. Having your psyche totally free to give 100% attention toward what you want, the way you want to, is the optimal way to be "in your zone." But if you don't give appropriate attention to the things that grab your attention, they will then take more of your attention than they deserve; and it then clutters up your psychic sand box. So I just notice what has my attention and do what's necessary to get it quickly onto "cruise control." How to do that is what we share with everyone we coach and teach.

Q: How do we keep from pushing aside the less enjoyable actions in lieu of the ones we like?

A: Ensure that you have everything to do decided down to the physical action level, so you've optimized your feeling of potential success in getting engaged with them. And make the really fun actions on your list a reward for getting the more unpleasant ones handled.

 

 
 
 
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