Scott Hodge


Getter’ Done

Jan 31, 2006

I picked up a book today that I haven’t looked at in quite a while and was reminded how much its content and principles have really changed my life.  It’s called Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by author David Allen

The greatest concept that I walked away with from this book was the idea that our minds are not made to be cluttered.  If a task or situation is constantly on your mind and driving you crazy, then your mind isn’t clear.  And if your mind isn’t clear, your creativity and clear thinking will be hindered.

Another thing that I pulled away from the book was how vital it is to clarify your commitment to a task or project and deciding what has to be done to make progress towards getting it done.

And then there’s the 2 minute rule that says – if it can be done in 2 minutes or less, do it now!  If not, either delegate it or defer it.  But never, ever ignore something that can be done in 2 minutes or less.  (This changed the way I do email…)

A couple of years ago I walked our entire staff through his principles and it made a huge difference in our productivity and organization.  But I’m also realizing that it’s time for a refresher! 

If you have trouble being organized or getting your work done – go to Amazon right now and get this book.  It will change your life.

5 Responses to “Getter’ Done”

  1. At the risk of saying “me too!”, uh… me too. ;-)
    GTD is definitely a great book. The 2 minute rule is a standout for me, too, as well as some of the suggestions for lists, and the reasons for keeping them; great stuff.

  2. I’ve got the book too and subscribe to their e-mail list as well. Good stuff in the book, lots of noise on the list. I’ve not fully applied, or read fully the book, rather taking bits and pieces. Yes, it would take more that two minutes to read. Maybe I’ll get the Audible copy if it’s in an unabridged format and tackle this again.

  3. Ben Boles says:

    I can’t remember if you have a mac or not, I know that you talk about them off and on. But there is a great little app that uses Omni Outliner Pro called Kinkless ( Its a GTD app that helps keep things all together as far as your next action lists, projects and contexts. Check it out.

  4. Along with kinkless, check out 43folders is a great resource for GTD type tools and ideas geared towards mac users. While many of the software ideas are mac based, his practical ideas will help anyone.
    BTW…If you get into kinkless and/or the hPDA, let me know. I have been playing with it for a while and have a few tricks I’ve learned.

  5. Stopping the bleeding from a million little cuts

    You’re launched, you’re in the air, you’re start-up strategy worked…and now what? In Seth’s post today he talks about how most businesses don’t fail dramatically. Yeah, there are the big splashy failures like Enron, etc., but they’re nowhere near the

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