Making It All Work, Washington, D.C., October 14 2010
Wow, I had a great time at the Making It All Work seminar in D.C. I have been using GTD for several years now, but had not yet attended a public seminar. The setting was beautiful --- a riverfront glass-paned room on the 24th floor. Being with other people who are working toward the same objectives was so recharging. And some of the things I took away from the seminar were not completely GTD-related. For instance, David Allen mentioned that we were making a choice to unhook and to treat ourselves to a special day. How true. It felt good to be free from work for a day, in a beautiful setting with intelligent and funny people, enjoying a real treat just for me. David's presentation and delivery were excellent (goes without saying). Rachelle's oversight and execution of the event were flawless. I will definitely do this for myself at least once a year. Also, hearing the infamous one-liners and insightful aphorisms from David's many years of experience and observation were priceless. I can't emphasize enough that doing this is a good idea if you really want to make GTD a part of your daily life. The afternoon portion of the presentation was particularly interesting to me. It dealt with everything from the brain, to cognition, to habit forming, to learning techniques (re: making GTD stick). Bravo on that portion. The discussion of the thermostat set-point and how it relates to my internal stasis I will never forget. It is a tool that can be applied to all areas of my life. The discussions on visioning and other techniques, taken from years of hard road experience were also very valuable to me. It was a truly a great experience with thoughtful people. Thank you very much David Allen and Rachelle and all other people who were involved with this event.
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