Over the last several years working with Bay Area CEOs and with members of the Exkalibur Leadership Forum, I’ve learned that personal productivity improvements are one of the most important ways in which CEOs and other business executives can devote more time to the things that only they can uniquely do … whether as a business leader, CEO, mother/father or spouse.
As I’ve watched CEOs struggle to spend enough time on their most important initiatives, I’ve worked hard to learn as much as I can to adapt powerful productivity ideas to help business leaders gain control and perspective over everything they care about.
It’s critical to have a comprehensive system
I’ve seen that very few of them have a solid personal productivity program they can really trust … one which ensures that they will know where their focus needs to be at any time.
What are the 4 Do-or-Die Principles that are central to creating a powerful personal productivity system?
1. It must be complete
Any personal productivity program must allow you to capture, record, organize, review and do … EVERY SINGLE THING that is important to you.
You can’t leave anything out … not Mom’s birthday card (“I’ll never forget that no matter what”) … or the stack of material you need to read (“If I keep them handy right here on my desk, I won’t forget them”) … or the list of people you need to call (“I’ve got that list here somewhere … where did I put that? … did I leave it in the car?”).
You’ll never have a system you can fully trust if it doesn’t contain everything that matters in your life.
As many of you know, I am an avid proponent of David Allen’s Getting Things Done principles – GTD for short – because it is the first approach I’ve found in over 35 years that delivers a methodology to get control of all of the things that have your attention.
You’ll be glad you didn’t leave anything out
It’s not a time management program, but an approach that’s focused on control and perspective over your entire life.
One of its core principles is the collection of everything that has your attention so that it can be deposited and organized in your system.
You’ll never have a system you can fully trust if you can’t be sure it contains everything that matters in your life.
If you have several places where you’re keeping track of things … a daily list of certain things you want to do …
… the pile that you won’t miss on top of your desk …
… the stack behind your desk …
… the pesky emails submerged in your inbox …
… a list of calls you need to return somewhere …
you’re in desperate need of a complete personal productivity program that you can trust … with everything.
2. It must be leakproof
While collecting everything that matters is a great start, alas, it isn’t enough. Why? For one simple reason: (more…)