David Allen quotes
I suggest that you write down the project or situation that is on your mind at this moment.
What most "bugs" you, distracts you, or interests you, or in some other way consumes a
large part of your conscious attention?
There's no reason not to be highly productive, even when you're not in top form.
How you list projects and subprojects is up to you; just be sure you know where to find all
the moving parts.
Collect, process, organize and review what has your attention, so you can stop half-trying to
be doing all that, constantly.
You can fool everyone else, but you can't fool your own mind.
A basic truism I have discovered over twenty years of coaching and training is that most of
the stress people experience comes from inappropriately managed commitments they make or
accept. Even those who are not consciously "stressed out" will invariably experience greater
relaxation, better focus, and increased productive energy when they learn more effectively to
control the "open loops" of their lives.
Distracting reactions about anything undermine a clear mind about anything else.
Once you know how to process your stuff and what to organize, you really just need to
create and manage lists.
Anything that causes you to overreact or underreact can control you, and often does.
Responding inappropriately to your e-mail, your staff, your projects, your unread magazines,
your thoughts about what you need to do, your children, or your boss will lead to less
effective results than you'd like. Most people give either more or less attention to things than
they deserve, simply because they don't operate with a "mind like water."