People Are Freaking Out About How To Get Things Done

Putting in the hustle.

Putting in the hustle.

In his highly praised book ‘Get Things Done’ - David Allen discusses an extremely simple method to employ to complete the important things in our lives, stress free and productively. 

The meat of the method comes down to two things:

1. The mind is not a tool for storing information. Rather it is a tool for idea and content generation. 

Interestingly enough, this holds true in psychology, were we know that the minds working memory (memory of things which you are currently aware of) can only hold 5-9 pieces of individual information at a time. 

Therefore, David suggests that we brain dump as much information as we can when we come across good ideas, or things we need to do. This way we free up the storage space of the mind - as well as precious processing power - to formulate new ideas for the things that matter

A tool such as Evernote can be extremely useful for brain dumping; I use it myself regularly. 

 

2. The most effective method in getting things done is to simply do them. Rather than suggesting any short cut methods to completing the work, or having a special model for more effective output; the best method to get things done is to simply do them, one step at a time.

By considering the most important items we must complete from the brain dump, we can order our thoughts in order of importance to do what must be done. 

 

The second part of the process makes immense sense. Instead of getting overwhelmed with how I should perform a task, the proven formula of simply doing it makes much more sense. Often, overwhelm for completing things comes in the form of uncertainty as to how to start. 

We're better of simply beginning, and improvising from there.

 

 

A Situation Only Helpful People Will Understand

Have you ever given great advice? You know the type of advice that you know can change the life of someone else for the better. Something so incredible, you wonder how long you held such powerful information inside you.

Let me ask you another question? How many times have you followed through on that advice you've given, for yourself? I bet the answer is not as many times as you'd hope and/or want.


Helping others, often helps ourselves.

Helping others, often helps ourselves.

We all have an extremely powerful inner voice which guides us - however, often we don't choose to listen to that inner voice. But when the adversity of others comes upon us, we rely on that inner voice to give advice on what others should do next. Oftentimes, because we are compelled to contribute to the growth of others. 

So imagine instead, that contributed to the growth of yourself; that you listened to what the inner voice in you is saying, and acted upon the words told - great things follow.

Can We Guess Why We're Challenged?

Fall in love with challenge.  

The fighter keeps moving.

The fighter keeps moving.

Because if everything went right all the time, then there would be nothing to contrast those experiences against. Through the downs we appreciate the immense values of the ups.  

Don't get me wrong - I've experienced my fair share of downs during my journey. As a matter of fact, I write to you right now experiencing one. There seems to be no end to the trenches I currently trudge through, and that's okay. 

I can't know right now why negative hints are happening for me - but I don't need to guess:  

Because, it's all about context; about how we choose to interpret the experiences we go through. We determine the reason for things happening to ourselves.

 

Is it simply a bad day? Or is it an opportunity to better ourselves through perseverance and take a lesson from what we experience.  

This Will Make You Read Better

Time is key.


How would your life change right now, if you found out the proper way to read? I bet it’d feel pretty darn good. For starters, so much of your spare time would be freed up.

Imagine, all that time spent reading the wrong way would be left open for other activities; even other things to read. So do I have the answer on how to read right?

In short: No.

BUT, I can guide you toward not reading wrong. Allow me to present the following - it will clear up any misguided preconceptions on the notion of reading:

 

It's that simple.

It's that simple.

Good On Them

Each and every one of us is currently at a different point in our journey. Each has had unique experiences, and with them unique lessons learnt.  

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And yet despite this, individuals tend to compare themselves to others; individuals at different points in their lives, look at the progress of others and compare themselves to them. 


This practice is useful for those who look to others as examples of what they can follow, to achieve what they set out to do (i.e. a role model). However, where this process tends to become toxic is where people inherit feelings of envy/jealousy from the experience of comparison.

In these times, it is helpful to consider that Wah individual had gone through their own dealing of hardships to get where they are today. In recognising the achievements of others it is better to instead of feel envy; feel empathy and drive instead.  


An empathy for the work done to achieve what they've done, and a drive to follow their example if we strive for something they have.

What Is Your Legacy?

Legacy.

The topic of ones legacy is not considered often enough, but does hold enormous purpose. It is the only known type of immortality known to humankind - as that which is remembered can never truly die. 

How will your memory be cherished?

How will your memory be cherished?

Your legacy is how people will remember you after your passing. It is the value which you pass on to those who precede you after your death and it is the embodiment of the value you placed upon yourself during your time experiencing your current journey through life. 


More importantly, our legacy is our gift to the world. It is the culmination of all of our efforts which are being passed down to each and every person who inhabits the earth. 

And so, we must ask ourselves whether or not we wish to pass on a glorious gift to each life that lives after us, or whether we will whisp away with the passage of time, never to be remembered again.

You have the power to change now. it starts with your legacy; with what you decide to do right now.

You May Encounter A Tough Spot

Don't stop.

Whatever it is that you're doing now, when it's something that you love to do, never stop

Always forward.  

Always forward.  

Even if others don't believe in you, even if you've reached a tough point, even if you feel like you may give in; keep going.  


Because life is working for you. Because you have a reason for being here. Because there is nothing more important than doing what you love.  

Because this is your life's work.  

Read It And Reap

Our minds are the trees which flourish from the nutrients we provide it. These nutrients come in the form of information derived from learning.
— GUYDE
Our collective knowledge is stored in books (Photo by Beatriz Pérez Moya on Unsplash).

Our collective knowledge is stored in books (Photo by Beatriz Pérez Moya on Unsplash).

To attain new information, means the literal expansion of the mind. With this expansion brings into awareness the possibility for new foundations of new thought; thought which may propel you into living experiences never before thought imaginable.


Learning is growth. If you are in search of answers then look outside yourself - the same challenge has most likely been faced by another, and the answer to how to overcome it can be delivered into your consciousness via reading. 

There Are Many Who Care

And many who don't.  

Quality time with those who care  (Photo from Unsplash).

Quality time with those who care  (Photo from Unsplash).

It all comes down to who we spend our time with. The ones who couldn't care less may be the most socially regarded; however it is the ones who care that increase our quality of life to its highest potential.  

Seek out the many who care.  

Growth To The Outside

Life is what we make it.

There are two zones of activity with which we may operate within:

  1. The Comfort Zone
  2. The Discomfort Zone
There is always experience awaiting us. (Photo by serge on Unsplash)

There is always experience awaiting us. (Photo by serge on Unsplash)

That which happens within the former zone on our journeys is that which is well known and automatic. The habits of our day to day, the activities which we are experts in performing (and ergo provide no challenge), and the people whom we are required to see day in and day out. It is important that we have comfort zones, for they provide the mind ease to operate calmly and look after our basic needs.

The latter zone however, is where the zest of life is sprinkled on our journey.  In this area of life, action is taken with our complete focus; it is the area of new experience, fear, risk, new individuals, interests which we may have been previously unaware, and infinite possibility outside the realm of the unknown.


Take for example a young man who maintains a steady habit of day to day. Wake up, get prepared for the day in the same way, go to work, meet known colleagues, finish work, return home, indulge in entertainment known to be enjoyable, prepare for rest, end the day.

As time moves past, there is often conflict found in the individuals psyche as described above. Life is more meaningful when filled with excitement, and so the comfort zone becomes a self made trap of uninterest with life and all it has to offer.


However take for example the same individual, who makes an effort at the end of each week to partake in experiences unbeknownst to them beforehand. Perhaps a physical activity like rock climbing, or a mentally stimulating one like a book club. Perhaps a social outing like attending a jazz performance.

There are an abundance of experiences out there to be had, and all can provide the benefits of the did-comfort zone.