I consider myself a highly effective person. I’m a GTD adherent. I practice Inbox Zero. I manage multiple projects efficiently and without much stress. But over the last few months I’ve noticed an inefficiency creep into my productivity; a friction where there used to be none.
Productivity experts define friction as an inefficiency in knowing what you should be working on. Wasting valuable mental energy figuring out what work you should be doing, instead of actually doing the work. Some people have said that in the in 21st century, under a constant barrage of information, knowing what to do is the work.
Alternatively, if you find yourself reacting to things all. of. the. time. Then your personal productivity system could probably use a tune-up (or overhaul) as well.
I’ve decided to completely review my personal productivity system and I’m taking you along for the ride. Over the next few weeks I’ll be writing a series of posts around productivity. Many will be more like journal entries as I describe my thoughts about my work, my professional aspirations, and how I’m managing these areas of responsibility.
I recently posted a three question survey to my peers about task management and none had heard of David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) so we’re going to start there. If you haven’t read Allen’s book I highly recommend it because Allen’s work is simple and foundational. If you start now, you’ll be poised to understand the concepts I intend to touch on in more detail.
In the next post we’ll dive into personal productivity systems and the GTD methodology.