By Jose Ignacio Gonzalez de la Fuente
The nerve that GTD is what’s the thinking process that facilitates the ability to get things done.
GTD as a martial art
Why a martial art? Because martial arts training prepares you to deal with surprises, with something that you never expected and GTD trains you to do the same. You need to have a mind like water, to have an appropriate response and engagement with what is present.
The more you concentrate the more you generate power and your ability to concentrate depends on your ability to eliminate distractions, that means that if you eliminate distractions you generate more power, easy right?
But think about it, what is a distraction? A distraction is a mismanaged commitment and that happens because our mind is limited to remember about them so it keeps reminding us about stuff we probably can’t do anything about it right now. The problem is that until it trusts a better system your mind won’t stop bugging you.
Usually the more you have in mind the less you get done and if you don’t give appropriate attention to that something that is bugging you it will distract you. If you really want to clear your mind you need to know that you have organized everything you need to do and that you will engage consciously with it as often as needed.
The master key of knowledge work athletics is the ability to refocus, rapidly on the right things at the right horizon.
Perspective (point of view, attitude, etc) is your slipperiest and most valuable commodity. Therefore methods for maintaining perspective are your most important tools.
The two aspects of self-management
Control: We consciously need to know that we are engaged and know all the options at any one time and place.
Perspective: aligned and clear about decisions, directions, and priorities.
The more control we get the more the more focused we are and the closer to the right perspective we are the more we know about what needs to be done and that’s why they are our goal.
We’ll talk about two GTD models and these are:
If you follow these five simple steps you’ll quickly gain control:
Horizons of focus: The six levels of work
Life can be seen from many perspectives:
You obviously have to start from bottom to top because if you try to do it from top to bottom the bottom stuff will keep bugging you and won’t let you work.
If we want to have things done we need to have a clear mind, to have a clear mind we need to be in control of our tasks and do them using the right perspective.
GTD is important because it helps us to do all that and helps us not only to be more efficient in our job but also to have a better lifestyle.