Now, I don’t know if it’s the raining sedative-like weather or the dry book or a combo, but the words in this chapter starting running together and all I read was blah-blah-blah, and then z-z-z (snoozing). I actually fell asleep reading this chapter, so we are going to make today short and sweet . . . or at least short.
Chapter 9 – Doing: Making the Best Action Choices. GTD day 21.
Mr. Allen again mentions (as he did in Chapter 2, pages 48-53) the three priority frameworks that are most helpful in the context of deciding actions:
- The four-criteria model for choosing actions in the moment
- The threefold model for evaluating daily work
- The six-level model for reviewing your own work
The Four-Criteria Model – You make your action choices based on the following, in order:
- Context – Do what you can, where you are, with the tools you have. Organize action reminders by context: “Calls,” “At Home,” “At Computer,” “Errands,” “Agenda for Staff Meeting.”
- Time available – What can you do from your list in that 10 minutes between meetings? Figure in the time frame you have as to what you can get done.
- Energy available – Still half-asleep? What tasks can you get accomplished? When you have a power surge, get to those tasks that need more of your alertness and attention.
- Priority – Considering context, time and energy, decide what’s most important out of those things you have left to do. Did you get the have tos done? At the end of the day, can you feel ok about those other things you needed to put off?
The Threefold Model is divided by those types of activities you’ll be involved with during your day:
- Doing predefined work
- Doing work as it shows up
- Defining your work
Don’t let yourself get so caught up in the moment of doing all of your emergencies and forget about the other stuff. Now, if you are aware of what you are not doing and you’re ok with that, then you’re doing ok. Just don’t let anything fall through the cracks.
Best in this chapter: “People often complain about the interruptions that prevent them from doing their work. But interruptions are unavoidable in life. When you become elegant at dispatching what’s coming in and are organized enough to take advantage of the “weird time” windows that show up, you can switch between one task and the other rapidly.”
To ignore the unexpected (even if it were possible) would be to live without opportunity, spontaneity, and the rich moments of which “life” is made. –Stephen Covey
And, ya know what? Th-th-th-that’s all I got today, folks! Tomorrow: The Six-Level Model.
Hope y’all made it a great Saturday. It’s been a fabulous day for us, even though it did rain dogs, cats, horses and cows! See y’all tomorra. 😉 Love ya! *squishy hug*