I am a list maker. The type of person who will add something I just completed to a to-do list just for the satisfaction of crossing it off. Despite this enthusiasm, I still struggled to keep up with all the things I needed to do. Every time I would cross something off, I would end up having to add two or three more. After a lifetime of struggling to be more productive, I finally broke down and got "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. He helped me realize that one of the things holding me back from being as productive as I wanted to be, was that I was writing down amorphous things to take care of rather than actionable tasks. In one chapter, he also goes thru a long "trigger" list of categories in life to help you remember all the things you need to do. Three hours and a lot of anxiety later, my to-do list went from under 100 things to almost 300. While it was disturbing to realize how many things I had been routinely forgetting about, I was one step closer to finally getting things done. I highly recommend this book.
In today's world, yesterday's methods just don't work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. InGetting Things Done Allen shows how to:Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box to emptyReassess goals and stay focused in changing situationsPlan projects as well as get them unstuckOvercome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmedFeel fine about what you're not doingFrom core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.