Author David Allen explains the the Clarify stage of Getting Things Done®, including how to effectively deal with an overfull in-box and that pile on your desk.
- First let's focus on the A, priori, first main thing…that you really have to do to get things under control…and to get focused, and that's this stage called Capture.…Often when we work with people one-on-one,…the first thing we'll do is look around in their workspace…and say what doesn't belong here.…What's not supplies or reference material…or decoration or equipment?…Those four things, by the way,…supplies, reference material, decoration, and equipment,…are the only things that actually belong…where they are the way they are.…Everything else represents something in transit,…in motion, in progress,…something that probably represents something…you need to finish, decide about, do, or do something with.…
Maybe it's a report sitting on your desk,…or it's something you still need to read,…or a memo you need to respond to.…Or maybe it's a flashlight with dead batteries in it…that's sitting there you need to do something about.…So all of that stuff should be gathered together.…And we love using in-trays for that.…
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Q: This course was updated on 1/02/2015. What changed?
A: We added 45 minutes of new content in the Bonus Interview chapter. Learn why Getting Things Done is different from other productivity improvement methods, and how it can work for you, your family, and your team.