How do I manage to run a graphic design business and an online store, and still have time to do volunteer work, run two blogs and have time for a social life? Introducing my secret weapon…
Getting Things Done by David Allen
The GTD (Getting Things Done) System, is covered in a book by veteran coach and management consultant David Allens. His premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential.
In Getting Things Done, Allen shows how to:
- Apply the “do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it” rule
- Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
- Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
- Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
- Feel fine about what you’re not doing
I’ve read this book twice and it has helped me immensely. It’s an integral part of how I stay productive while I’m self employed. For me, the best tip I got out of this book is to keep a to list and make sure everything is on it. I used to always seem to have ten different things on the go at once because I’d think of something while I was in the middle of something else, and then start doing it straight away because I was worried I’d forget to do it. Now, I keep a notebook next to me at all times, and as soon as I think of something I write it down.
Don’t like to read?
There is also a fantastic videos training program over at Skillshare that covers that principles in book in 15 easy video lessons (and you can watch them all in 90 minutes!) You can watch an introductory video about the program here:
Personally I’ve read the book twice and I’ve watched the video series, and it’s been incredible how much it has improved my productivity. How you tried the program? Did it help you? Let me know in the comments!