Productivity guru David Allen, walks us through the fundamental steps required to be able to get things done effectively. His conversation with Dave Edwards includes a look at capturing ideas, clarifying them and acting on them.
Productivity expert David Allen recently wrote, “Seldom have I seen someone use their calendar optimally. The tool is very much underutilized.” In this conversation with Dave Edwards, Allen offers ideas on how we can make better use of our calendars (plus a look at his calendar), and other time management tips.
“Every idea you have and everything you need to do should be written down.” That’s the subject of today’s LEADERSHIP PLUS.
In his book “Getting Things Done”, productivity guru David Allen discusses the benefits of putting everything that you are thinking about, or have to do, on lists. One of them is the “Someday Maybe List.” It is for things that you want to do in the future. In this conversation, Allen tells Dave Edwards how to keep it from becoming your ‘good intentions’ list.
We all try to remember too many things. As a result, we forget important items and get easily distracted. There is a way we can clear our minds for increased concentration.
I’ve developed a system to keep track of tasks that I’ve assigned to others so that deadlines are kept. It’s also a good way of keeping tabs on promises that people make to me.
Today on Leadership Plus, I interview David Allen about his journey developing GTD ( Getting Things Done ), his creative pursuits, and what he’s working on at present. Hopefully, in the future, we will get a chance to talk more about productivity, but I thought that this was a great introduction to the genius of one of the top productivity gurus of our time.
Dave Edwards was interviewed about how he stays productive for a segment on “GTD Connect”, the website which helps individuals be more productive using David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology.
Manage your calendar, or it will manage you. To begin, I suggest that you use your calendar correctly. Protect your calendar so that meeting requests can be prioritized.
“One of the greatest consumers of your time is processing your email. A research report showed that email is the second-most time-consuming activity next to ‘role-specific tasks.”
“Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights.”