I'm sort of hyper obsessed with productivity. Checking things off my to-do list is like popping those skittles jelly beans (and oh my gosh have you had skittles jelly beans!?!). I'm constantly searching for the most efficient way to complete a task or "get the most bang for my buck" if you will. So, I wanted to share with you another thing that radically changed my life. It was a book called "Getting Things Done" by David Allen or simply put "GTD".
Now, beware. This is some seriously nerdy stuff. Proceed with caution.
The title of the book is deceptively simple, but it's power is a force to be reckoned with. In a nutshell, the idea is to "clear" your brain of every thought pulling at your attention, and put them into a trusted "system" that acts as your external brain. It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but "system" can mean paper and pencil or a task management application. It's like a to-do list on 'roids. With everything out of your head, you free up mental space to use your brain for more creative thinking.
It's such a powerful way to manage your life, Joss Whedon claims he couldn't have directed The Avengers and his adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing in the same year without a lot of GTD principles. Another GTD staple is the simple question: What is the next action required to move this project forward? Simple huh? But often in my life I'm procrastinating and not totally sure why, I realize it's because I haven't clarified the very next step required to take action? It's crazy simple but crazy effective. If you're into this sort of thing, check out this TED talk from Mr. Allen himself. It's worth the watch if you've read this far.