GTD: When You Are Stuck

(from IdeaMatt.Blogspot.com)


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:

  1. What’s the next action?
  2. What’s the desired outcome?

http://ideamatt.blogspot.com/2005/10/some-david-allen-twos-two-reasons-we.html


(I’ve been reading IdeaMatt all morning… great site)

Author: Jorah Lavin

I grew up in New England, moved to the Carolinas in '98 to start working at what was then a large regional bank and is now a really big nationwide bank. I work doing intranet content management and intranet site management for said bank. After work, I watch movies & eat. I started knitting years ago in order to take a break from my school work. I haven't stopped yet. I'm also learning to spin. I blog about knitting on A Tinker's Damn: http://jorahlavin.wordpress.com/

  • Matthew Cornell

    Thanks for the compliment, Jorah.