Thursday, January 5, 2012

Getting Great Things Done

"Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together." -Vincent Van Gogh

I am a self confessed productivity geek; systems, methodologies & techniques for productivity, I love them. I practise a hybrid of David Allen's Getting Things Done and Leo Babauta's minimalism with a dose of techniques from Landmark Education programs. I've probably spent nearly as much time pottering around with my productivity systems and learning about new ones as I've done on actual tasks. I could argue that it's free time allowed by the increased efficiency of my systems but that's only true to a point, beyond that it's a hobby. And it's an insidious one, mucking about with ones systems looks like actual work- I know my other distractions intimately but it took a while to recognise this one.

I'm not going to give up my productivity hobby/habit just like I am not going to give up reading blogs or playing the occasional game. But I'm now on the alert for it displacing actual work. So here's my productivity tip, partially courtesy of Van Gogh; keep track of and manage your projects and tasks in some way that works for you, how isn't that important. What is important is to take actions. Little ones are best. And keep taking actions and watch them join up to cause the great things you envisaged.

NB- some shepherding is still required to ensure that the actions taken are the right ones to forward your great thing; if your aim is to build a castle, quarrying rocks is more appropriate than ship building.