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Podcast: Interview with GTD's David Allen on Procrastination

Productive Talk #01: Procrastination

As I mentioned yesterday, today 43 Folders and The David Allen Company are happy to bring you the first in a series of wide-ranging conversations that David and I recently had about Getting Things Done.

So, let's kick things off with a goodie. Here's The David's take on that devil, Procrastination.

In this episode, David and Merlin talk about a very popular topic on 43 Folders -- procrastination. They discuss where procrastination comes from and how GTD can help get you back to cranking widgets. (13:21)

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Thanks so much in going...

Thanks so much in going to the effort in producing this. These are the notes I took while listening:

  • If you don't have the mental energy to work on that big project, work on some of your lower-energy next actions.

  • Is the item you are procrasting about still relevant, or can it go to the dust-bin?

  • For starting large projects, give yourself permissions to create rough plans that can be thrown away. You don't need to get it right the first time. Usually its starts with some "find information" tasks to get things started.

  • Make sure everything is documented (no leaks), otherwise you will believe the project is incompete, and therefore not worth working on yet - another cause of procrastination.

Keep up the great work!




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