Posts tagged David Allen
Posts tagged David Allen
Right that’s it! I am officially swamped. I’ve got ideas coming out of my ears for online projects, short stories even iPhone aps. I’ve got a to-do list that spans interior decorating, shopping for birthday presents, blogging, exercising, setting up meetings, preparing for meetings, finding work, on and on. I also need to eat, sleep and watch Strictly.
My online footprint looks like Big Foot tramped through on his way to meet a cousin up North which just adds to my stress and increasing feelings of helplessness and exasperation. I need an efficiency drive.
I can’t find anything quickly, which means I start things but can’t finish them. I get distracted trying to find the file, picture, song I need to progress. It’s affecting my ability to think - I’ve just abandoned a perfectly serviceable metaphor because I couldnt find the similie quickly enough to make it flow.
I’m surrounded by half eaten stories, unfinished wordpress sites, undone to-do lists and an empty fridge. I’m also due to leave the house in 15 minutes and I’m damned if I can find the notes from my last meeting with my next appointment.
Strategically I lack direction, operationally I lack focus and organisation - emotionally I am ricocheting between angry with myself, frustrated by the unstoppable flow of stuff and whiningly defeated.
I’ve had a go at putting in some efficiency measures and for the most part they’ve worked for a few days. I practice inbox zero, alphabetical filing of all emails and on and offline files, though I have stopped short of reorganising my kitchen cupboards alphabetically and I am using online tools to aggregate and organise my reading.(Which I still never actually do, but at least it’s all in one place now huh?).
I’ve read the excellent Getting Things Done by David Allen (I confess I got distracted and haven’t actually finished it) and the bemusingly entitled Pomodoro Technique (I just haven’t found a timer I like enough to enslave myself to) and I’ve even downloaded to-do lists and efficiency tools onto my iPhone - all of which I use happily for a day and then forget about.
All this has led me to this incontravertable realisation…
Before you start to get organised - you have to:
And remember this - if you do sign up for a workshop, the chances are you’ll be networking like crazy with some great local businesses.
What could you do with an extra hour or two a week?