Join David Allen for an in-depth discussion in this video How do I "stick with it?", part of Getting Things Done.
- I hear from a lot of people, David, I started getting things done, and I fell off the wagon. Yeah, I know, until this thing becomes habitual, it probably is something that you would fall off the wagon about, because people have such a habit of keeping things in their head. And when life gets tough, and you can't focus on the thing you're trying to learn, you'll get back onto cruise control again, and cruise control for most people is file it in your head, avoid making these decisions, make decisions when the latest and loudest thing is in your face, and when it blows up instead of when it shows up. And that is actually the default behavior for a lot of people about a lot of stuff, and they slip back into that pretty easily.
As I've mentioned before, that's a hallmark, a lot of how well along the path you are to implementing this is whether or not those kinds of situations throw you off this wagon. So, the interesting thing is it's very easy to fall off the getting things done wagon. What's also true is it's very easy to get back on the getting things done wagon. It takes a couple of minutes. Stop, sit down, empty your head again. Make next action decisions. Again, it's not rocket science unless you're a jet propulsion lab and you're building rockets.
It really is, do I now apply those behaviors again. And it comes back to how soon can you start to recognize that I'm off and want to be back on again. So yeah, fall off, get back on, fall off, get back on, fall off, get back on. You keep going, it's kind of like those things where you won't ever quite go back to where you were before. There will be something you will have integrated. So yeah, there will be a little bit of a game like that, but at some point, this will get on to cruise control.
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