Photo by:Dave Bullock / eecue
Since I discovered David Allenâ€™s Getting Things Done(GTD) system, Iâ€™ve made a few refinements to it to suit my personal style life. The most important has been linking the low-level project-action focus of with my high-level focus on purpose and goals.
I decided to develop my personal GTD system, which focused mainly on purpose. At level 1, a statement detailing my lifeâ€™s purpose plus a longer mission statement. My mission statement takes my high level purpose and breaks it down into the different area of my life, which over the past year Iâ€™ve focused my life around: career, spiritual, physical, etc. Because my purpose and mission change so much in the last year, they act as an anchor for me. At this level of my life, Iâ€™m not at all focused on goals, work, or actions. Itâ€™s more of a focus on who I want to be, so itâ€™s mostly about principles and character. So my purpose and mission are about who I am, what Iâ€™m here to do at a very high level, and what I want my life to mean.
Goals are on the next level down. Goals are either need-based or purpose-based. Need-based goals are largely motivated goals. For example, if I donâ€™t do some extra work on the weekends, Iâ€™ll end up with a mountain of work on Monday. Itâ€™s something I need to do, but it doesnâ€™t contribute directly to my purpose in life. About 85% of my goals are purpose-based; these are my â€œon the road toâ€ motivated goals that derive from my purpose and mission statements. For example my goals for Dominica weekly are purpose-based. Dominica-weekly dot Com has very little to do with fulfilling my needs; itâ€™s all about fulfilling my purpose of development a good website.
One thing Iâ€™ve come to learn from the GTD system is, before you can get anything done, you must consciously choose those â€œthingsâ€ you want to be doing. Before you put yourself into a state of readiness, you must consciously identify what you want to be ready for. Knowing your lifeâ€™s purpose is the answer. It provides the background for readiness and for action.
David Allen Speaks about GTD System at Google
As we all know, Google has achieved so much in the last 5 years, it’s hard to imagine they would need advice from anyone. But yet Google asked David to speak about what he knows best: GTD. Watch this special video presentation to hear what David has to say about GTD and the two keys to sustaining a healthy life and work style. Enjoy!
Please change the photo credit on the image to Dave Bullock / eecue and link to my website: http://eecue.com
Ok Dave – I’ve made the change- check it out.
Almost! Dave Bullock / eecue instead of just eecue.
As you requested – check it out.