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I am a serial list-checker. With so much to do and seemingly never enough time to actually do it, I have been known to add things to my to-do list that I’ve already done, just so I can get the satisfaction of ticking it off.
It might not be conventional, but if the latest comments from productivity expert David Allen are anything to go by, then true productivity may not be solely about making lists and being busy all the time after all.
In an interview with Fast Company, Allen revealed the biggest misconception he thinks people make with the five-step productivity method in his best selling book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.
The five steps, which Allen argues enable you to, as you’d expect, get things done are:
1) Capture – “collect what has your attention”.
2) Clarify – “Process what it means and prioritise”.
3) Organise – “Put it where it belongs”.
4) Reflect – “Review frequently”.
5) Engage – “Simply do”.
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By following these steps, he believes you are able to decide what you need to do as well as the best way to do it.
The biggest surprise?
“Being productive means producing desired experiences or results. Do you want to relax? If it takes you three quarters of your holiday to relax from the last two days of getting ready – not exactly your most productive vacation,” he says.