Getting Things Done | Productivity Week

Welcome to the final day of productivity week! I hope these productivity methods have helped you get yourself organised and made it easier for you to work through your to-do list!

Getting thing’s done was created by David Allen and was made famous by his bestselling book under the same name. I haven’t read his book yet, but if you’re interested in this method I’d definitley recommend giving it a read since it has some great reviews!

This method is perfect for anyone who has a lot of tasks on their plate, is overwhelmed by their to-dos, or wants a good way to organise all their to-dos.

GTD aims to reduce stress from having so much to do by getting all your tasks organised outside your head. This makes it easier to cut each task into smaller, manageable tasks, which you can work on immediately.

GTD is separated into 5 steps:

Capture
First, jot down every to-do that you can think of. Get it out of your head and onto paper or an app. This incompletion triggers list contains a list of pretty much every task that could cross your mind. You could use it to make sure you get every task written down, making the whole to-do brain dump a lot easier!

Clarify
Now that you’ve got all your to-dos out of your head and in a list it’s time to take a deeper look at them. Make sure all your tasks are specific so you know exactly what you need to get done. Get rid of the items that you don’t need to do or don’t actually care about doing anymore. For example, you may have been thinking about getting your nails done, but actually you’d prefer to save that money and spend it on a meal out with your partner. Delegate any tasks that you can. If you have a large project on your list, break it down into several smaller steps and place these steps into a hierarchical order.

Organise
Now place your tasks into categorised lists. For example, work, finance, knowledge, happiness, etc. These categories could be broken down further to make your to-dos even more organised. For example, finance could be broken down into savings and paying off debt.

Reflect
Make sure to revise your list frequently. If you have daily, weekly and monthly goals, it’s a good idea to look over your to-dos on all these occasions. This way you can notice important tasks that need to be started immediately, further break down your tasks that could have smaller and easier steps, and remove any items that are no longer relevant.

Engage
You’re now ready to start working on your list and can start getting things done!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week of productivity and hopefully these methods will help you become a productivity pro! xo

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