Productivity and GTD
The first step
"Every body remains in a state of rest or uniform motion (constant velocity) unless it is acted upon by an external unbalanced force" ~ Newton's First Law.
Doing actions drives our productivity. Nothing will happen without them or, even worse, things will happen beyond our control.
Sometimes we have so many things to do that we don’t know where to start. And sometimes, even knowing exactly what we have to do, we don’t know how to do it. In these situations where we are stuck, the best solution would be simply taking the first step. We must do something, whatever, to start. Taking the first step is the result of thinking that something is possible. By taking the first step we overcome the most important resistance and begin to clear the way.
Well, but how can you take that first step? How can you face something you don’t know very well how to manage?
- Start by setting the desired outcome. Write it down. A clearly defined objective is more likely to be accomplished.
- So now you have your goal or problem—understanding it as a discrepancy between the actual state of things and the desired—well defined. Now, what is the first action needed to achieve the objective? That is, what is the first step you should take? Probably many things will come to your mind, but only one is the next step to be taken. This is your next action, on which you have to focus. Keep the rest aside in a waiting list and don’t let them distract you.
- Once that action is done, you have to take out the list of tasks and pending issues that you have kept aside, and choose your following “next action”. Do it step by step, one action at a time. This way you will feel in charge of the project.
Here you can read some additional tips: Achieving Your Dream: How to Take the First Step