David Allen will be interviewed by John Jantsch this Thursday on being more productive as a knowledge worker. David wrote the very popular book “Getting Things Done – The Art of Stress-free Productivity“.
I highly recommend the book and this free interview if you want to learn tips to be more focused, productive and effective.
David says the most productive people are those with the least on their minds. He suggests thinking about once a week. Do your planning and generate your to do list once a week…and stick to it.
Have you thought more than once today about what you need to do? Can you imagine thinking/planning/deciding only once a week instead of every two minutes? How would it feel to always have a clear mind focused totally on what you are doing and not a hundred others things?
I plan my week once a week on Monday mornings, but I still let too much information into my space every day that slows down my productivity. One step I have taken is to start each day with my #1 priority – which is often writing or marketing – before I check email. I also keep a list of profit producing activities and try to stay focused on those.
One of the focusing questions I ask myself throughout the day is “Will this activity I am now doing bring me closer to the money?”
David says you can’t manage time – you can only manage yourself. I would add to that that you can only manage your energy. It’s about self management and energy management, not time management. And too much thinking depletes your energy.
You can sign up to listen to this interview at John Jantsch’s website. The session is free to attend, but space is limited.
See you there!
What are your tips for staying focused and productive?
[tags] getting things done, david allen, small business success [/tags]