How much time should be spent defining work?

Date: Friday, August 19, 2011 by GTD Times Staff

Question: In your book, you talk about the 3 kinds of work:

1/ Pre-determined work
2/ Doing work as it shows up
3/ Defining your work

What percentage of a person’s time should be dedicated to defining work?

David Allen: No rules here.  “Defining work” usually takes about 30 seconds per input (email, notes, paper, thoughts, etc.), which means 30 to 90 minutes a day for most professionals.


If you want a great guide to help you define your work, grab the free GTD Workflow Map illustrating the steps for processing & organizing.

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