September 2020 Calendar: -Getting Things Done is a system that seems highly effective when you first adopt it. You spend a lot of time getting stuff out of your head and organizing it according to context. These are crucial steps toward identifying your most important work. The fact that they reduce your stress – trying to remember everything is stressful! – is another signal of the system’s effectiveness. As time passes, however, you may become disenchanted with September 2020 Calendar. It’s a common experience. The system’s rigorous focus on “next actions” detracts from project-level focus. You begin to feel like a short-order cook, pumping out “next actions” without stopping to consider the bigger picture. Another problem is that using GTD doesn’t provide a method for choosing among competing tasks. There’s no workflow management system in place to ensure the important work gets done and the less important work remains on the back burner. GTD is also weak with regard to attaching tasks to specific goals. The link to goals is severed at the outset due to the system’s hard focus on “next actions” rather than projects. Without an emphasis on projects, GTD lacks a meaningful framework for goal setting and goal achievement. Some people claim that setting goals are not only unnecessary and useless, but harmful in the long run when it comes to task management.
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Goals provide vision, focus, and motivation. They also give us a gauge by which to measure our progress. In my opinion, one of the biggest downfalls of GTD is that it doesn’t distinguish between high-value and low-value tasks. The priority is to get things done while little attention is given to whether the right things are getting done. Have people used September 2020 Calendar to effectively create to-do lists and successfully manage their task workflow? Yes. But just as many have found that GTD is insufficient in many ways, including some of the ways I described above. GTD isn’t without practical, beneficial features. I encourage you to look for those that might prove useful in your own strategy.
In the next section, I’ll show you how to create to-do lists that work. Roll up your sleeves because we’re going to build them from scratch. This is where the rubber meets the road. We’re going to take everything we’ve covered thus far and use it to build an effective to-do list system. The system we’re about to create will make it easier for you to get your most important work done on time. It will reduce your stress, eliminate your frustration, and help you to focus and avoid distractions along the way. Most people underestimate the importance of their to-do lists. They misjudge the impact their lists have on their productivity. As you read the following sections, I encourage you to take the opposite view. Recognize that your to-do list plays a vital role in how your day progresses. An effective system will not only help you to stay on top of your workflow but will also help you manage your daily life. Let’s build the perfect to-do list.
In section 10 Most Popular To-Do List Systems, I noted that one of the strengths of David Allen’s GTD system is its use of multiple lists. It advocates the use of a “next actions” list and a “someday/maybe” list. We can refine this practice to squeeze more value from it. First, use a “current task” list to decide how to allocate your time and attention each day. This list will carry the to-do items that must be completed before the day ends. Second, use a “future task” list to keep track of all the items that will need your attention at some point. You won’t use this list during the course of your workday. Instead, you’ll refer to it at the end of the day to create the following day’s to-do list.