Getting Things Done By Dave Allen
In this book of intense left brain/executive function, Dave teaches us how to maintain a relaxed stated of focused control /busyness and avoid a frantic emotionally pulled in many different directions lifestyle.
We all have many commitments in our lies: our role as self care giver, mother, father, wife, husband, partner, chiropractor, community leader, profession leader, etc and the list goes on. Dave suggests compartmentalizing and prioritizing your roles and then breaking the roles down into actionable steps with assigned increments of time.
Be clear what the outcome us as specifically as possible.
Decided what the very next actionable items are.
Put reminders and actionable outcomes into a system that you know and trust.
Five stages of Managing Work Flow:
Managing Paper Flow in your Life:
Create an IN basket
Sort The papers according to:
Is it Actionable?
If NO: You have 3 bins to choose from:
1. TRASH or
2. SOMEDAY MAYBE or
3. REFERENCE (retrievable)
If YES: You have 2 choices:
1. DO it. If it will take less than 2 minutes, JUST DO IT.
2. DELEGATE it…….then put into a waiting list(when to check back)
3. DEFER it. Put it in calendar or PROJECTS FOLDER
Getting Projects Under Way:
1. Defining Purpose and Principles: Answer the WHY.
2. Outcoming the Vision: have a clear picture of what success looks like
a. View the project from beyond completion stage
b. Envision wild success and leave your “yeah butts” at the door!
c. Capture features, aspects, qualities you imagine in place.
3. Brainstorming: answer the HOW…mind map, external brainstorm, let the ideas flow. Don’t judge, challenge, evaluate or criticize, go for quantity not quality, put analysis and organization on the background
4. Organizing: Identify the significant pieces, sort by sequences, components and priorities. Detail to the required degree.
5. Identifying Next Actions: allocate physical resources.
5 Takeaways to Implement in Your Practice:
1. Set clear goals for your practice.
2. Create priorities based on these goals.
3. Create clear Action steps to reach the goals.
4. Create a time line for all the steps to be coordinated.
5. Create a system to manage the paperflow for these goals.
Hope this book review is helpful and keep blooming!
The Bloom Goddess