When I “found” GTD.. the thing that fascinated me the most was the expression “Mind Like Water“. It sounded like a dream… was this possible.. could I experience such a peaceful & present state of mind? Off course.. and I actually did from time to time, but not as often as.. & not for as long as I wanted.
“Mind Like Water”.. … perfectly appropriate response to, and engagement with, whatever is present
“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders”
– Lao Tzu
When you throw a pebble into a pond, what does
the water do?
It responds with total appropriateness to the force
and mass of the rock.
It doesn’t overreact or underreact.
It doesn’t react at all.
It simply interacts with whatever comes to it
and returns to its natural state
If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to anything
There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who can do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. We can be all here. We can.. give all our attention to the opportunity before us.
~Mark Van Doren
There is usually an inverse relationship between the amount something is on your mind and the amount it’s getting done
“Getting Things Done” is NOT about how to be more productive @ work. It’s about how to find peace & being present i life. It’s a “life improvement system”
“Allen’s ideas are nothing short of life-changing”
~Ben Hammersley (The Guardian)
The GTD system was indeed life-changing for me. I will post a lot more about GTD in the future…
Here is David Allen @ TEDx in September 2012:
Let Me give you a little secret… “Getting Things Done” ..is not about getting things done. It’s really about being properly engaged with what’s going on.
Appropriate engagement is the real key here. Many times not getting something done is how to properly engage with it.
~David Allen @ TEDx