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                                        Getting Things Done
Greetings dear friends & welcome to my world again this week. Most people consider Getting Things Done ~ GTD, a personal development experience. The name itself suggests a boost in personal productivity. Yet Getting Things Done is not simply about getting more things done ~ although it does deliver on this promise. It is about getting more of the right things done by changing the way you interact with your priorities, should-dos, need-to-dos, & even want- or hope-to-dos.

It is this promise which hooks people in the beginning, but the benefits are not solely confined to individual performance enhancement. When GTD is adopted & fully implemented, its benefits extend to those around the individual practitioner. It changes the way the person engages with their own “to-dos,” & hence, it changes the way others engage with this person. Over time, it brings about an inside-out transformation. Here’s how.

GTD principles & practices are based on what we do when in the “productive state.” It helps you look inside to understand exactly what to-dos you are trying to manage in your head. It helps you get clarity about what those things mean to you, & the effort required to complete them. It helps you organize these things so you can remember them when you need to, & not before. And it helps you ensure you spend time & effort on your highest priorities given your circumstances.

These practices result in more focused attention on your pressing to-dos, better management of time (more time actually doing than worrying about what needs to be done), a feeling of balance between work, life, & time to spend on higher priorities; those normally would get pushed aside in favour of urgent tasks. This all naturally follows from looking inside oneself & making appropriate adjustments.

One of the unintended benefits, however, is when you become clear on what you will & will not work on, what your priorities are, & how you will spend your time. This information gets communicated out to others. They begin to get the message when you commit to something, & you intend to give it the attention it deserves. This communication starts from the moment you capture things effectively, & how you communicate “I care about doing a good job on this.” It continues when others see you take time to determine Next Actions, which communicates “I intend to follow through with this.” As you might imagine, when people consistently get these messages, they start to see & interact with you differently.

While you will experience many of these inside-out benefits as a natural result of adopting & practicing GTD, there are some things you can do to accelerate their realization.

  • First, think big, but start small.
  • Telegraph your moves
  • Activate team support
           When you consistently send these messages, you provide others with information about how to interact with you as well as what to expect in your work. It is a two-fer ~ it benefits you & the people around you.  [1]
              This is the inside-out benefit waiting for you, & your team. 
I hope my comments each week are helpful dear readers; & again, provide just an opinion, from my world. Thank you for taking the time to be with me, I hope my journey may encourage you also. This is Kenn Butler in Paradise, Nelson, with my best wishes.

[1] Adapted from Steve Willis, Vice President of Professional services @ VitalSmarts. He has been on the forefront of developing, perfecting & delivering aware-winning training programs influencing over 1.5 million people

Kenn Butler
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