Do Something but not Everything

Pro(ductivity) Tip# 80

You can do anything, but you can’t do everything. — David Allen

It’s very hard to be creative and do all the thinking that you need to to achieve results when your life is flying out of control. If you are putting out fires every five minutes there is little time for reflection.

With such a frantic pace anything that you create will be superficial as you never had the opportunity to ponder your work.

Deep and impactful work requires that you have a firm grasp of your day-to-day tasks and activities. When you can seamlessly navigate from task to task time slows down. You will then be able to dedicate a portion of your day to reflective work.

I find that this state can only be achieved when you implement a task management system. A system that leverages a tool that allows you to capture your immediate priorities. The benefit of having a task tracking tool like a Wunderlist is that you can get things out of your mind into your system very quickly.

The more you are able to track your to do’s in an external system the more you are able to allow your mind to relax. A relaxed mind is more efficient and creative one.

Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax. -David Allen

When you neglect to use a task management tool you force your brain to remember all of your daily to dos. This saps away your brain power because your mind is never fully 100% present as it’s always partially preoccupied with keeping tabs on your deliverables.

When you capture your tasks in a system you give your brain permission to let go of its action lists, and embrace the current moment. This act creates space for reflection and impactful action.

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