What did D.Allen mean by this?
I'm new to GTD and these forums and was hoping to get some clarification regarding knowledge work.
D.A. describes the profound operational principle of knowledge work as:
You have to think about your stuff more than you realize but not as much as you're afraid you might.
Maybe it's the way he phrased it that troubles me or the wording he used but will anyone care to try to explain what this principle and phrase means to them personally?
(personal anecdotes and recounts would help immensely!)
You are afraid that it means more to you than it really means.
I agree. GTD encourages you to decide what to do with the incoming stuff. So you think once and have a clear vision what you want to do. Without GTD you consciously or unconsciously think again and again about the incoming stuff because you haven't decided what it really means to you. You are afraid that it means more to you than it really means.
Originally Posted by enyonam
Natural planning model = core knowledge work
I have been avoiding it like the plague, David :( However I've gained much clarity studying chapter 3 in the book. I would recommend it to people who feel overwhelmed creating desired outcomes and identifying next actions. It is more than likely you've been using the unnatural or reactive planning model, like I have my whole life.
Here's me trying to think appropriately using David's natural planning model:
First, why should I implement GTD at all?
- realize the reason for my existence
- make any of my dreams come true
- to make my mark and contribute value to society
- so when I die, I can say I led a rich and adventurous life
- to feel powerful and confident
- so I don't waste my youth and my life worrying, living in anxiety, feeling disconnected from the world
- so I can concentrate on quality time with my mom, dad and sister
- so I don't have to live with my parents my entire life
- so I can afford my own living and see the world
Next, David suggests to envision outcomes aka what would I, someone who has mastered GTD look like?
- have a mind like water to deal appropriately with anything without overreacting or underreacting
- recognize myself losing perspective and control and taking action to achieve mind like water again (master & commander)
- I can concentrate fully on any task at hand, unhindered by distractions, fully aware of all my options at any time and place
- I would feel like I am fulfilling my destiny
- I would be unfazed by overwhelming # of things to do
- I am someone who people love to know and work with (puts out quality work, always on time and personable)
- I can feel good about what I'm doing and what I'm not doing
Next, David suggests to brainstorm ways to accomplish outcomes aka what are things people do to facilitate this reality
- capture 100% open loops
- outcome thinking behaviour (natural planning model)
- transforming "stuff" into actionable items before organizing
- few collection zones
- regularly empty collection zones
- vertical and horizontal action management
- distinctive, discrete buckets
- nonactionable buckets: trash, tickler, someday/maybe, waiting for, inactive reference material
- actionable buckets: master project list, active reference material, next actions list, day specific actions list, time specific actions list
- weekly review to get clear, current, and clarified
- follow 4-criteria, 3-fold and 6-level models for doing
Next, David suggests to organize the components, sequence and priorities
1. Collect (capture, empty collection zones)
2. Process (transforming "stuff", outcome knowledge work, vertical/horizontal action management)
3. Organize (set up discrete buckets)
4. Review (get current, update lists, weekly review)
5. Do (consult 3-fold, 4-criteria, 6-level models)
Next, David suggests to identify next actions
Identify Next action:
Collect every open loop, 100%.
This was an exercise to test the natural planning model and I know it's kind of quirky to pick "implement GTD" as it's own project...
Does anyone have any experience completing "Implement GTD" as a project using GTD methods? Would you need a master projects list containing items like "Weekly Review"?
(I know! It's kind of abstract :confused:)