Trying To Think
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Getting Things Done (1)
In knowledge work .. the task is not given; it has to be determined. ... There is usually no right answer; there are choices instead. And results have to be clearly specified, if productivity is to be acheived.
Most often, the reason something is "on your mind" is that you want it to be different than it currently is, and yet:
- you haven't clarified exactly what the intended outcome is
- you haven't decided what the very next physical action step is, and/or
- you haven't put reminders of the outcome and the action required in a system you trust

Things rarely get stuck because of the lack of time. They get stuck because the doing of them has not been defined. (pg19)

I think sometimes you know very well what the next physical action step is, you just don't want to do it, so you put it off hoping to come up with a better alternative.
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