Join David Allen for an in-depth discussion in this video What skills will you gain when you implement Getting Things Done?, part of Getting Things Done.
- You know, there are numerous kinds of skills, but I would say more habits or behavior sets, than a skill. Yes, getting things done will start to galvanize you about making quicker decisions about things. When we coach people one-on-one, it takes them one to six hours just to collect the pile of things that they need to decide about, and then it takes 12 to 18 hours for them to actually then go through that stack of hundreds of things, saying OK, what is it, what's the next action.
What's the next action, what's the next action? So, it's kinda like once you've hit 2,000 tennis balls with a pro out there, you'll know how to hit a tennis ball a lot better. So you'll know how to make next action decisions a lot better, if you practice this and start to work it. Also, practicing recognizing when things are going on in your head. It's subtle. So, recognizing that. Again, it's not a skill. Everybody knows how to write things down. Everybody knows how to make a next action decision. Everybody knows how to make a list. Everybody knows how to look at a list and make choices.
But, that's why I say there are really no new skills. These are something everybody's doing all the components of getting things done, all the time anyway. But it's really how do I arrange those habits and behaviors so that the whole is much greater than the sum of the parts, in terms of all of these pieces of getting things done model put together. A lot of people really write things down, but they don't make decisions about what they write down. A lot of people decide what the next action is, but they don't organize it in some appropriate place that they trust. A lot of people organize the stuff, but they still count on their head and then the organization dies because they're not using it as a way to stay clear, and stay clear and stay focused and to organize themselves.
So you can fall off this wagon with any one of those lacks of behaviors. And, you can call it a skill. I think more of the awareness. Interestingly, one of the biggest challenges, I think people have is recognizing when they fall off getting on, or being on. Most people live in an angst-filled world. So, they don't really realize that they could have none of that on their mind. So, they don't know when they're off, because they've never really tasted on yet. So, one of our biggest jobs is to get people to at least experience what it's like to be buried and have nothing on your mind.
That's such a cool place to be. Once you taste that, and once you start to get used to that, then you'll start to recognize when you fall off that on state, or that present state. But most people, because it's unfamiliar, that's not the new normal, but it better be. That new normal of having essentially nothing on your mind, other than where you want to put your attention and focus, is really gonna have to be the new normal if anybody's gonna stay sane with the world shifting and changing as fast as it is, and all the potentially relevant stuff that we're all connected to now.
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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.