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This is the second book in the series Learning Together and Leading Together where we are going through Personal MBA plan curated by Josh Kaufman.
Josh has been kind enough to write a review of this book and breaks down the book into 10 points. Here are the points:
- If your day-to-day life is out of control, it’s almost impossible to think strategically or plan effectively.
- Define what being “done” looks like.
- Mental work has five distinct phases: Collect, Process, Organize, Do, and Review
- Get everything out of your head.
- Projects and tasks are two different things: track them separately.
- Focus on the Next Action required to move forward.
- Use the “2 Minute Rule” for small tasks.
- Use Reference and Someday/Maybe files for things that have no immediate next actions.
- Build a trusted system that helps you keep track of your commitments.
- Schedule non-negotiable time for a Weekly Review.
This is not the first time that I have gone through this book. In fact I read it a few years back. Do I do exactly what it says to do? By no means but my biggest take away is the 2 Minute rule. If a task can be done in under 2 minutes why write it down and put it on a to do list? Just go ahead and do it. The other tool that has helped me with this system is Evernote. Believe it or not buy I am not a system types of guy. It is hard for me to work through a system even though I am trying to do just that with this blog series. I found this book [amazon_enhanced asin=”1491010304″ /] to be very helpful when looking at Getting Things Done and Evernote. It is a very quick guide to help you not get stuck in the process.
Which leads me to my final point about this book. Sometimes you can worry so much about the process that you forget about what you actually trying to get done. The point of this book is to get you to where you can look at the bigger picture. If you don’t fit exactly with this style of work then tweak it and make it your own. You have permission to disagree with it. You have permission to do your own thing. The key is to just make sure you are getting things done.
What are your thoughts? What did you like about the book? What did you not like about the book?