GTD CONNECT uptill May-2009

GTD CONNECT uptill May-2009

What a year! I don’t know if your year was anything like mine, but it sure seemed like the faucet was on full-blast with more thought-provoking and change-producing input that I can ever recall. All good of course, in the grand scheme of things! A significant event for us this year was the GTD® Summit—our global event to bring thought-leaders together to discuss how GTD is changing the way the world works. My Making It All Work book also hit the shelves, and seemed to fill in the gaps for many on the priorities piece of GTD. It’s out in paperback this week.

I love this time of year for a reflection on what passed and what’s to come. The theme for my Food for Thought and Tips & Tricks is about doing a review. I hope you find this to be a useful practice.

I wish you a wonderful holiday season.

All the best,

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY?

I mean, what have you actually finished, completed, and accomplished? If you haven’t made a list in the last year, I would highly recommend that you take a few minutes and capture that.

It has always intrigued me how much a less-than-conscious part of me can still have energy wrapped up around activities and projects, until I acknowledge that they’re done, to myself. Kathryn and I have made an annual exercise, at year-end, of making the list of major completions and accomplishments. We’ve even been saving that list in a Lotus Notes database for the last few years. It’s really quite a healthy, cleansing completion in itself. It includes everything that we can think of—from projects like launching a new product, to adding new staff, to trees planted, to new places visited, to family deaths handled, to old business completed, to new skills and tricks learned.

I’ve noticed that there is likely some resistance to doing that process as well. I had an attorney (client) recently say in all sincerity that it was quite scary initially to go through the workflow coaching process with me, precisely because he was afraid to declare some of his projects “done”! (I mean, what if they weren’t perfect yet?!)

I suggest you give yourself a treat and review the year that just past and look forward to the year ahead.

 

“Celebrate any progress. Don’t wait to get perfect.”

-Ann McGee Cooper

DAVID’S COACHING TIPS

For those of you who want more form and structure, here are some questions that can guide you in your 2009 review and 2010 goal setting. When I go through these kinds of questions I like to consider my answers in several areas:

Physical
Emotional
Mental
Spiritual
Financial
Family
Community Service
Fun / creativity / recreation
COMPLETING AND REMEMBERING 2009

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