I’ve been thinking heavily lately about Getting Things Done, and getting into flow. Lately I’ve been hearing the term flow used to describe something I’ve been accutely aware of for most of my life. It essentially means “in the zone” or “highly focused”. It’s when the only thing important at any given moment is the task at hand, and nothing else matters. Your mind is working like a perfect machine and is in a sort of unstoppable state.
I am not a naturally creative person so I need to ‘boost’ my creativity every now and then. Here’s a quick top 10 list of sites that I visit and things that I do to get my creative juices flowing.
David’s First Time Management / Productivity Book “Getting Things Done” was a huge hit among computer nerds and high-powered business people alike. In this interview we talk in depth about the key principles, the subtleties of the system, and some potential trouble spots.
we use the computer for everything; work and play. The lines between the two have been blurred. You have to make hard edges if you want to be productive.
Basically, using the plastic insert that came with your iPod, you cut a hole in the top of the cardboard box and get busy with some tape. Granted, if you want to you can certainly pretty this method up a bit (e.g., this very cool embedded iPod dock), but the point is that you can make your own iPod dock for pretty cheap if you’re dying to have a dock but aren’t pleased with the hefty price tag.
“Success in the long run has less to do with finding the best idea, organizational structure, or business model for an enterprise, than with discovering what matters to us as individuals.”
Everyone they interviewed have three essential traits in common.
•Meaning. What you do must matter deeply to you, so much so that you lose all track of time. It’s a “flow experience.”
•ThoughtStyle. You have a highly developed sense of accountability, audacity, passion and optimism.
•ActionStyle. You find effective ways to take action.