Going through the process of GTDifying my life, I read David Allen’s “Making It All Work" recently. While I picked up a lot of important lessons from that book, something that particularly struck me was the chapters on perspective. As part of my reading, I tried stating some of the perspective chapters as questions to myself. While the questions aren’t big ones, their intent sure is, and the answers should be deep.
I’ll be spending the weekend trying to figure out the answers to these questions, and use them to help kickstart the GTD process for myself:
- What do I need to do now? (Runway; next actions)
- What am I working on in the short term? (10k feet; projects)
- What am I responsible for? (20k feet; areas of focus and responsibilities)
- Where do I see myself in a year? (30k feet; goals and objectives)
- Where do I see myself in five years? (40k feet; vision)
- What do I stand for? What is my purpose? (50k feet; purpose and principles)
This is ridiculously compressed compared to the actual content of the book, but it may serve as a good starting point for me or anyone else who has been on the fence about GTD or just hasn’t been able to maintain it. Perhaps you might want to ask these questions of yourself even if you’re not into GTD yourself.