How GTD Supports your Behavior Patterns

Published on January 26, 2015 by Francisco Sáez

GTD responds to a number of behavior patterns that most of us follow in a predictable way.

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Any person or organization wishing to develop a product—whether it’s a web application, a toaster or a building—must take into account how the people who will use the product usually behave. This is essential to design the product so that it’s easy to understand and use.

For many years, designers, researchers and cognitive scientists, have been observing how people use the things they have at their disposal. And they have identified a number of behavior patterns more or less usual, that most of us follow in a predictable way.

This week, as I was reviewing these patterns to bear in mind in the development of a new user interface, I noticed with some surprise how the GTD method has also been designed—consciously or unconsciously—to support these forms of behavior.

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Quick Wins

Published on January 19, 2015 by Francisco Sáez

Keep motivation in your projects by generating momentum.

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“You cannot do projects, you can only do action steps.” ~ David Allen

Once you have started a project, momentum is everything. Momentum is a physical quantity that describes the impetus gained by a body in motion. Momentum feeds the motivation needed to continue the project and, of course, to complete it.

How that momentum is generated? Very simply: doing one thing and moving to the next. When you stop a project for whatever reason, when you get stuck in an action and do not advance to the next, you’re just killing the momentum. And that probably end up killing the project.

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The Power of Thoughts

Published on January 12, 2015 by Francisco Sáez

You have the power to create things from your thinking, change your life and influence others’ live.

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“The ancestor of every action is a thought.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Throughout the day a multitude of thoughts arrive in your head: ideas, things you’d like to do, people with whom you’d like to be, something you’d like to tell someone, something you should buy, something or someone that you would like to know…

Some are positive and show you what you should be doing to become what you want to be. These ones help to accelerate events. Others, however, will inject you some kind of fear so that you don’t do what you should. These ones slow down events.

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Just Get Started!

Published on December 29, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

You can overcome procrastination, but you need to understand how it works.

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“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~ Mark Twain

All of us procrastinate occasionally. Most times it is simply to delay a few minutes or a few hours on something we must do (“come on, 10 minutes more on Twitter and then I’ll get with it”, “This afternoon I’ll call him, now I do not feel like it”.) Other times it is more serious, because our unwillingness to undertake that task affects other people and generates problems.

Now that the year ends and that you are probably thinking about some things you want to get done in 2015 once and for all, you need to realize that when you are constantly postponing something you have to do, you are the biggest loser.

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Be Selfish

Published on December 22, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

Someone said that there is no word more generally misinterpreted than the word egoism, in its modern sense.

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“No one and nothing can make you happy. Only you can make yourself happy.” ~ Gerardo Schmedling

I know; to be selfish does not seem a very appropriate advice at Christmas time. Besides, nobody likes to be tagged as being “egoist.” In its most common use, an egoistic person is a conceited person, too engrossed with his/her own interests to think about those of others.

However, the word egoism is rooted in philosophical theories 1 that speak of self-interest as the basis of moral behavior. The moral or ethical egoism is an ethical doctrine stating that the only moral way of acting is in our own interest. Even when we help others, we do it to get a profit or gain from it. It gives the individual a fundamental value. Each person should provide for their own good.

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The Cult of Speed, a Productivity Misconception

Published on December 15, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

The pace of modern life makes us confuse speed with productivity. Don't fall into that trap.

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“I’m not a fast driver. I’ve seen what speed can do.” ~ Carol Alt

The concept of productivity is being carried to an extreme that I don’t like at all. I agree that time is precious and we should not waste it. But I do not agree that we should lose our essence as human beings to not give a second up as lost.

Before, the big ate the small. Now, the fast eat the slow. So get ready to run.

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4 Strategies to Get Motivated in 2015

Published on December 08, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

How are you ending the year? Will you need awaken your motivation for next year?

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“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

According to Daniel Pink, author of the book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, what drives most people to do things is basically the satisfaction they get by simply carrying them out. Under certain circumstances, working can be just as exciting as not working at all.

When we enjoy what we do, it is our own intrinsic motivation that drives us to do things to the best of our abilities; we do not need any type of external reward. To that intrinsic motivation to become a permanent driving force in your life, you must create an appropriate environment to strengthen the pillars that support it: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

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