Removing the Inner Clutter

So we are almost there, graduation is only a month and a half away.  This is the time of the semester when we realize, crap I have all this work to do.  Why didn’t I start it earlier? With those questions, you start making lists of things today in your head.  Only this time, we have even more to do.  Since we not only have our work to do for our classes but as seniors, we are going to need to prepare for the next step.  Have I completed everything I need to do for the next step?  I know I have not, I still have to finish my autobiographical essay for Seminary. Not sure why it is so hard for me to write, it should be easy.  After all, it is about me and my journey with Christ.  Anyway, I’m getting off track a little here.

Our senior seminar class is reading a great organizational book by David Allen called Getting Things Done: the art of stress-free productivity. Ahh, stress-free sounds wonderful right about now.  As we have read through the book there have been some awesome ideas as to how to organize our lives and not have all this clutter inside out head of the things we need to remember to do.  How many times do we have to make a phone call and instead of just doing it, we put it off cause you just don’t want to do it, then you end up not having time to do it or running out of time to do it?  David Allen suggests the 2-minute rule if it takes less than 2 minutes to complete the task DO IT!  Don’t wait, or put it off just do the task and get it off the to-do list and get it out of the clutter in your head.

With that said, Allen also suggests that every week you should have a review day, where you can make sure you have everything that needs to be done, jot it down, and then organize it.  He calls it get clear, get current and get creative. First, you need to get your head clear and get your tasks and projects clear and organized. Next, you must keep things current, if you have a system that is not current you can no longer trust the system. Finally get Creative, find new innovative ways to accomplish the tasks ahead.

This book is really full of great ideas.  I encourage anyone who has not read it to pick up a copy and get your life uncluttered and organized.

 

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