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Managing Time Like a Pro

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"When you start to make things happen, you really begin to believe you can make things happen. And that makes things happen."

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Organize Actionable And Nonactionale Things

  • Possible categories for nonactionable items" trash, incubation tools, and reference storage. If no action is needed on something, you toss it, "tickle" it for later reassessment, or file it so you can find the material if you need to refer to it at another time.
  • ...

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Managing Action

Managing Action

The essential element in managing all of your "stuff" is managing your actions. And it's very hard to manage actions if you haven't identified them.

A lack of time is not the major issue; the real problem is a lack of clarity and definition about what a project really ...

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The Collecting Process And Tools

  • It's important to know what needs to be collected and how to collect it most effectively so you can process it appropriately.
  • To make the collection phase work: Every open loop must be in your collection system and out of your head, you must have a...

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The Basic Steps For Developing A Vision

  • View the project from beyond the completion date.
  • Envision wild success.
  • Capture features, aspects, qualities you imagine in place.

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The Key Ingredients of Relaxed Control

The Key Ingredients of Relaxed Control

  • Clearly defined outcomes and the next actions required to move them toward closure.
  • Reminders placed in a trusted system that is reviewed regularly.

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The Five Phases of The Natural Planning Model

Your mind goes through five steps to accomplish virtually any task:

  • Defining purpose and principles
  • Outcome visioning
  • Brainstorming
  • Organizing
  • Identifying next actions.

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Purpose: The Value Of Answering "Why"

  • It creates decision-making criteria
  • It aligns resources
  • It motivates
  • It clarifies focus
  • It expands options, opens up creative thinking.

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The GTD Decision Tree

The GTD Decision Tree

Throughout your day, you’re constantly bombarded with information. All of these things are constantly competing for your attention.

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The Definition of "Stuff"

Stuff" means anything you have allowed into your psychological or physical world that doesn't belong where it is, but for which you haven't yet determined the desired outcome and the next action step.

The reason most organizing systems haven't worked for most people is th...

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Work No Longer Has Explicit Boundaries

Work No Longer Has Explicit Boundaries

In the last half of the 20th century, what "work" represented in the industrialized world was transformed from an assembly line, make-it and move-it kinds of activity to "knowledge work."

Back then, work was self-evident. Now there are no edges to most of our projects.

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Why Things Are On Your Mind

  • You haven't clarified exactly what the intended outcome is.
  • You haven't decided what the very next physical action step is.
  • You haven't put reminders of the outcome and the action required in a system you trust.
...

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Brainstorming: Basic Principles

The basics principles can be summed up as follows:

  • Don't judge, challenge, evaluate, or criticize.
  • Go for quantity, not quality.
  • Put analysis and organization in the background.

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How Do You Prevent Broken Agreements with Yourself

If the negative feelings come from broken agreements, you have three options for dealing with them and eliminating the negative consequences:

  • Don't make the agreement.
  • Complete the agreement.
  • Renegotiate the agreement.

All of these can work to get ri...

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The Weekly Review - A Critical Factor For Success

Everything that might potentially require action must be reviewed on a frequent enough basis to keep your mind from taking back the job of remembering and reminding.

Elements of the weekly review:

  • Gather and process all your stuff

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The Five Steps Of The GTD Methodology

The stages we go trough as we deal with our work:

  • Collect what has your attention
  • Process what they mean and what to do about them
  • Organize the results and put then where they belong
  • Review...

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Basic Requirements for Managing Commitments

Managing commitments well requires the implementation of some basic activities and behaviors:

  • If it's on your mind, your mind isn't clear. Anything you consider unfinished in any way must be captured in a trusted system outside your mind, that you know you'll come ba...

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...you can also probably start listing and taking action on a few things that will reduce the likelihood of...

Challenge your beliefs about heights

People with height phobias think something bad will happen when they are up high. But you are safer than you think and your feared outcome about heights won't really happen.
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2 kinds of people

  • Those who believe they can make things happen. They are convinced that the outcome of their lives and careers is more or less in their own hands
  • Those who believe things happen to them. They sit around and wait for the bus to take them somewhere.

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