Productivity and GTD
Productivity and Relax
"One's ability to be productive is directly proportional to one's ability to relax" ~ David Allen
Highest productivity occurs when we make something happen with as little effort as possible. However, to make something happen, it is always necessary to overcome some difficulty or resistance. Being more productive has much to do with knowing how to remove—or to minimize at least—obstacles and distractions at the time they show up in our path.
There are many things you can do to make it easier. Methods included in GTD have specifically the aim to achieve a more relaxed and positive way of life and work. You do not need to work harder or longer hours, you need to better define your work at different levels of detail and have them all in mind.
If you can gain a structured method to comfortably face your daily activities, then you will learn to effectively process all the information that comes to you, to better manage your thoughts, to take advantage of your ideas, to focus on results, to make decisions with confidence… No matter what happens. You will always be ready to take on something new because you have the necessary control and relaxation.
When you know you have a system that allows you to react the right way—not overreact or underreact—, you live more relaxed and you lose the fear of the unknown. That is how you get more things done with less effort. That is how you get to be productive and enjoy great side effects: less crisis situations, more control and relaxation, more free time. More quality of life!
There are people that tell me GTD is too complicated. It is not. It is difficult to establish the necessary habits for it to work, but the method itself is very simple. As simple as it can be. It might be simpler, but then it would not be effective and therefore it would lose its value.
It is quite common to fail a few times before getting a successful implementation of GTD. It is something similar when you start using Twitter. At first you just don’t get it. But you come back to it a couple of times a month for several months without understanding very well what it is about… to suddenly end up being a complete addict the next month.
Most people need a structure, an approach, a system on which they can lean in a natural way to deal with their increasingly complex lifestyles. GTD is a good choice, the best I know, because there are very good reasons behind its components to make it work.