Many of you who have been on one of our How to Get Things Done workshops will now have a well-established GTD system which works to keep you less stressed and more in control of your workload. You will have probably reached “Conscious Competence” in how you manage your work and your weekly review (see the Burch/Johari Learning model for more on the Four Stages of Competence). But how do you reach that elusive “Unconscious Competence”?
In the first three episodes of the brand new “Beyond GTD” series, Think Productive’s “Productivity Ninjas”, Matthew Brown and Graham Allcott, go beyond the basics and discuss Matthew’s “10 Day Runway”(see video below),“The 5 minute Daily Review” and his controversial “No waiting” philosophy.
Stay tuned to Think Productive’s YouTube channel for more geek-infested GTD videos!
There are many ways that we’re told we can reduce our stress: red wine, regular exercise, meditation, voodoo dolls, sex and green tea. Whilst all of them may work, they all tackle symptoms rather than the root cause. Here’s what you can do!
I went over to the lovely city of Bath to give a talk about productivity & GTD. Bathcamp is a regular meet-up for people interested in software, tech, web and other cool stuff. If you’re in the area, do pop along as they’re a really friendly bunch! Here you can see the talk in full, followed by an interesting Q&A panel discussion which touches on peoples’ uses of GTD, Remember the Milk, project management software and other cool stuff. I’ll also be back in Bath to run our public workshop, How to Get Things Done
I am an ‘expert’ on the Virgin Media’s ‘Pioneers’ website where they’ve asked me to talk about productivity and how to get things done when starting a business. One of the common pieces of advice given by a lot of entrepreneurs is to launch early and use this early phase to test out customer reaction in a ‘real’ setting rather than just relying on market research. This is something we did with Think Productive and that I wholeheartedly recommend.
As a result of launching early, there will be the occasional piece of criticism that things aren’t finished or perfect, you’ll need to adapt quickly to ‘real’ feedback (although that should ALWAYS be the case, even for the most established business) and you’ll need to be comfortable enough in your own skin knowing you’ll probably look back in a years’ time and feel embarrassed about your earliest logo or website.
But on the plus side, you’ll be gaining such a lot of valuable customer feedback, you’ll be challenging yourself with some ridiculous deadlines that will push you further forward and hey, you might even get to the making some cash stage that bit sooner too.
Go for it!