Ev Williams: Achieving balance with GTD

Ev Williams: Achieving balance with GTD.

evhead: Ten Rules for Web Startups

Ev’s ten rules for a startup are all strong, but #10 particularly caught my eye:

#10: Be Balanced
What is a
startup without bleary-eyed, junk-food-fueled, balls-to-the-wall days
and sleepless, caffeine-fueled, relationship-stressing nights? Answer?:
A lot more enjoyable place to work. Yes, high levels of commitment are
crucial. And yes, crunch times come and sometimes require an
inordinate, painful, apologies-to-the-SO amounts of work. But it can’t
be all the time. Nature requires balance for health — as do the bodies
and minds who work for you and, without which, your company will be
worthless. There is no better way to maintain balance and lower your
stress that I’ve found than David Allen’s GTD process. Learn it. Live
it. Make it a part of your company, and you’ll have a secret weapon.

Right on.

Slightly off-topic, but on my mind…as I commented earlier today, I’m finding myself increasingly uncomfortable framing techniques like GTD strictly in terms of “productivity” (although the ability to be more efficient and productive is definitely a nice perk).

GTD fights stress not by transforming you into a drone or a
brainless corporate cog, but by affording a framework for recovering
and maintaining smart focus. What you do with that focus is entirely your affair — clearly people will use it for everything from building a very swell startup to managing their music career
and beyond. Gratefully, nowhere does The David say you have to turn
into an enormous-toothed White Guy running sales seminars at the La
Quinta Inn. In any case, when we’re doing GTD right, Ev is right on the
money: balance is sewn into every stitch of your week.

Even two years into using GTD,
I have to say I’m still pleased — and sometimes even surprised — at how
well it still works for me. Whenever I fall off the horse, I’m usually
just a mini-review away from feeling retuned to my priorities and commitments. I agree with Ev; it’s powerful stuff.

I do wonder if there’s a better term for GTD’s goals and methods than simply “productivity” or even “time management” What do you think? Does it matter?  [43 Folders]

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