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I’m glad that David’s put out a new book. I’ve fallen off the wagon, again, in my GTD practice, although I’m still a big fan. One of the reasons I’m a fan is that I can fall off the wagon now and then, and get right back on. And each time I get back on I learn a little more.

This new book has opened my eyes to some deeper parts of the system. I like the term clarifying. Reflecting. Engaging. These are terms I didn’t get from the first book. They make me look at what I’m gathering through a different lens. I’m not just getting things done, like keeping some kind of score. I’m accomplishing things, with a focus on my life and why I’m here getting anything done at all.

It’s hard to look past the runway sometimes. I’ve been so focused on taking off I haven’t thought enough about where I’m going to land, or why I’m even taking the trip.

There are still a lot of clouds in my sky. I need to put some more focus on the different levels so the rest can fall into place easier. I like the chapters on getting perspective. I can already gather everything into one basket. I can already create my A-Z files. I can already determine my next actions. That was all kind of automatic. But without really knowing a direction other than “done”, it was easy for the procrastination to take over and the productivity to fall. I think there are a lot of people who get those first steps and think, hey, I’ve got this. This is easy!

Then, plop. Off they fall.

The real success is in the deeper well of focus. Now I will focus on where I am going. On what I need to get there. I will surround myself with things that inspire me. Music. Pictures. Objects. Sure, I can have an empty inbox, project lists and Next Actions. But why does it matter?

Many people can learn to play the piano. The actual playing isn’t too difficult if you have any musical talent and dedication to practice. But what you play, and why you play are different. It’s making the connection with why you play. That’s what makes you good.

 

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Tip: Using "Send To Gmail"

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What to do with all those bits and pieces of websites you find in the course of a day and want to remember for later? I use the Google Toolbar to send an email to myself using the “send to gmail” function. I select some text, then send it to myself at a special address which I created by adding a “+word” before the @ gmail portion of my email address. (i.e. yourgoogleid+readthis@…) Then when I’m ready to process, I do a search in Gmail to pull up all the items I’ve sent. If fact, you can make several addresses; readthis, filethis, funny, research … whatever you want.

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