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by Ryan Guina

One little word has so much meaning. Lately, I have had a little bit of trouble with my own productivity. I say lately, but I realize now that I have never been the most efficient person. My mantra has always been – “put tasks off until right before they are do, scramble like heck, complete said task.” And it has always worked. I have never been late with assignments (outside of my control), I had excellent grades in school, I passed all of my military promotion exams the first time (this is actually very rare), and generally excelled at most things I attempted.

However, lately I have realized that things aren’t so easy for me anymore. I have noticed that deadlines are creeping up on me, I scramble to write a post for this blog, and sometimes I feel like I have too much going on.

Productivity - Does Getting Things Done Work?

Does this look familiar to you?

Thankfully, my inefficiencies haven’t really hurt me yet. I still complete all my assignments at work, I pay all my bills on time, and I meet all my deadlines. But I realize I am not as efficient as I should be. I should be able to complete my tasks on time and have more free time when they are done. I realize I need to change a few things. I need to find a better way to organize, plan, and perform.

I have read a lot about the book Getting Things Done. Getting Things Done is a book by David Allen, and it has taken the world by storm. There is even an entire GTD movement on the Internet. Just type GTD into Google and you will get thousands of results. For the record, Getting Things Done, and GTD, are registered trademarks, so don’t go ripping them off! ;) For an in-depth review of Getting Things Done, click here, or here. For how it relates to personal finance, read this article.

I realize that I am struggling with my personal productivity, so I am taking a step to fix that. Tonight I ordered Getting Things Done from Amazon. I know a book by itself is not the answer, but I think that if I read the book and apply its principles, I should be more productive.

Hopefully I will be able to share how this book has helped improve my efficiency and personal productivity. Hopefully this is the start of something good for me. :)

If you have comments about productivity, Getting Things Done, or anything else constructive, I would love to hear from you. :)

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Published or updated March 5, 2012.
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1 TF Miser

I just finished reading “Getting Things Done”. The ideas are good but you can probably get all the information you need from the various blog posts. It hasn’t helped me much because my problem getting things done is more motivational than organizational.

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2 Ryan

Hi TF Miser, I think my problem is mostly organizational and somewhat motivational. I have a problem remembering to do things if they are not written down and I don’t have a plan in place. So I’ve been working on making a list of things to do before I sit down at my computer. Otherwise, I get distracted way too easily. “let me check my e-mail, how is my team doing, where does this link go,” etc. It’s something I need to work on.

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3 Matt

I have to agree with TF; when it comes down to it my motivation plays a great part in staying productive. Though they are often linked very closely. You’re a bit unmotivated and your productivity slips then you see the drop in productivity and you become even more unmotivated. This isn’t always the case, but it can happen. It also works the other way as well. If you can keep yourself motivated then anything you apply out of Getting Things Done will be that much more beneficial.

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4 Ryan

Matt, great point. It can be a tricky spiral. I hope I can get motivated about making some changes and am able to stay on top of things! I’ve got a big vacation coming up, so that should recharge my batteries as well!

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