David Allen’s approach to work/life balance isn’t about creating separation between work and the rest of life. It’s about appropriate engagement, giving your full attention to whatever you’re doing—whether it’s working while at home, or enjoying friends and family without having to think about work. For this GTD Practitioner, appropriate engagement means having a trusted GTD system to leave work at work:
“Before GTD I took work home with me, at least mentally, at night. Now I leave it in the computer where it belongs.”
Eric Siu of Growth Everywhere, a blog on business and personal growth, interviews David Allen. Find out why applying GTD is so important, what to do about negative self-talk, and how David would advise his 25-year-old self.
I have been reminded over and over again in working with executives over the years why so much of the GTD implementation process is empowering to so many people: when things we have allowed into our inner or outer world are appropriately and accurately identified for what they are and what they mean to us, we feel curiously freed from them. Accurately naming things that are in our world gives us power over them, while leaving them unnamed allows them a certain hold on our minds.
Various primitive people have beliefs that giving someone your name gives them a certain ability to exert influence over you. Whether that has any truth to it, I’m not sure. But from my own experience, when something that has potential meaning to me is named, it is more known; and when it is known, its potential hold on me is released.
For instance, if you’d just label all your crap “Crap,” you’d probably feel a lot better. If someone had to call Organization Paramedics for you because you’re so out of control, they could simply bring in a big box labeled “All the Stuff I Don’t Know What It Is or What to Do with It.” Read More
“I find myself thinking differently already! Specifically, I’m trying to apply the two-minute rule all the time and I’m getting my email inbox to empty on a daily basis. Looking ahead at my work schedule, I am setting some dates when I will try to incorporate more GTD principles and I have a weekend in mind when I will revamp my office and get all my ‘stuff’ into files or wherever it belongs. I am even ordering new furniture. The best part is, just knowing there is a process that works, that makes sense to me, has relieved a lot of my stress about work. There IS light at the end of the tunnel, and even though I’m not through the tunnel, I now have faith!”
The Entrepreneurs Library is a podcast, blog and community devoted to books that entrepreneurs would find useful, so it’s no wonder Getting Things Done is featured there. This blog post features “5 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn from David Allen.”