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

I grew up in New England, did a short stint in the U.S. Navy after high school, worked in various factories, built & renovated houses, and finally moved to the Carolinas in 1998 to start working at what was then a large regional bank and is now a really big nationwide bank. I work doing SharePoint management site management. After work I make soap, knit, ride my motorcycle, read, watch movies & eat. I ride a Yamaha V-Star 1300. I am pretty sure that I want to hike the Appalachian Trail someday, or possibly do a long-distance rowing trip. I'll be retiring in a few years, and hope to run a craft soap-making business to bring in some cash.

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