Getting Things Done – Book Notes Short Summary – David Allen

Unclear work boundaries is a factor in the mounting stress levels. Be clear what you have trained for and delegate or give the work outside that area to someone else. Have clear work boundaries.

Anything that causes you to overreact or underreact can control you. Have a mind like water. When a pebble is thrown in still water it reacts appropriately, not more nor less. When your mind is empty it is always ready for anything, it is open for everything.

Open loops – commitments you have given to yourself that you can’t fulfill and they are always there in the back of your mind, draining your energy. Anything that does not belong where it needs to be, the way it should be, is an open loop. Which will be pulling your attention if it’s not appropriately managed.

Mind collection tool – what’s bugging you? What’s consuming a large part of your conscious attention? Write it down. Write the intended successful outcome of it. Write immediate physical action steps to make it go forward.

Everything in your psychological and physical world should be where it needs to be, or a clear plan of action to put it there, or desired outcome solidified, or else it will linger on mind like an open loop. When everything has it’s place it relaxes the mind. Decide something about them.

Stuff/thought/idea –> what needs to be done

Getting things done requires two things – defining what done means (outcome) and what doing looks like (action)

When you attach should, need to, or ought to, to an item it becomes an incomplete. A task is left undone in two places – at the actual location and in your head which consumes energy.

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