When it comes to getting work done, it is especially important for introverts to be able to have time to think about the things that need to get done. As I think, I also come up with new ideas, which end up creating far more projects than I could ever accomplish.  I was feeling particularly overwhelmed today with too many things to do and not enough time to think through anything.  I had to take a moment and process my “stuff” as David Allen calls it in Getting Things Done.

I used the process outlined in Allen’s book for organizing work load. For each item on my to-do list, I needed to look at it and decide if it was actionable.  If no, then do one of the following: either trash it, add it to a someday/maybe list, or store it as reference material.

If it is actionable, then I need to decide if I should do it now.  Allen has a rule that if if can be done in two minutes or less, then do it now.  Or you can delegate it and put it on a waiting for list for later follow up.  Or you can defer it and add it to a calendar with a next action for it.

There was a point today where I was feeling paralyzed by the number of things I needed to do.  This can be a dangerous place to be in getting nothing done.  So instead of being overwhelmed, I stepped back and got my stuff organized.

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