Join David Allen for an in-depth discussion in this video Does Getting Things Done work for everything?, part of Getting Things Done.
- GTD is really about what do you need to do so that you're clear about whatever you're doing. So if any time you're not clear about something, you're inappropriately engaged with it, GTD has the solution about how do I get appropriately engaged with it. So if you want to exercise more, meditate more, be nicer to your kids, be a better boss, all of those are great things. Using the Getting Things Done model, we say, "Well, great! "What would you need to do "to make sure that you did that?" And find out if you have any projects about that, any actions about that.
Many times it's just, "Well, I just have a behavior I need to galvanize more." "Great, is there anything you could do "to galvanize yourself more? "Anything you need to do to get that off your mind?" That's how you would apply that model to it. So often times people have something they want to do and don't realize that there's actually some real things to get done that would facilitate some of those changes in behavior or some of those enhancements in terms of what they're doing. So everything is right for those kinds of questions, but again, I think what's unique about Getting Things Done is we don't editorialize what you should be doing.
That's you. We just help you get clear about that in terms about what you need to do. Maybe you say, "Look, to get that off my mind "I need to hire somebody to show up "at 5 o'clock every morning "and run my butt around the block." "Great! What's your next step? "How would you do that?" The process would just simply be, "Okay, what is it you need "to uncover or unpack about that, if anything? "Or, if you wanna build in a reminder, how often? "Where would you put it?" Sometimes people get mad at us because we won't tell them what to do.
(laughs) It's not our job.
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