Some David Allen "twos" – two reasons we procrastinate, and two kinds of problems
Here is a pair of related thoughts that I picked up from David Allen‘s Getting Things Done. Paraphrasing him:
- There are only two reasons for procrastination: The task is either a) overwhelming (too big), or b) not motivating (unpleasant).
- There are only two problems in life: a) You know what your want, and you don’t know how to get it, and/or b) you don’t know what you want.
As you might have guessed, Allen’s solution (typically clear and powerful) is to apply his two big focusing questions, respectively:
- What’s the next action?
- What’s the desired outcome?
(I’ve been reading IdeaMatt all morning… great site)