Productivity Pioneer: Startup Lessons On How To Get Things Done By David Allen


The “to-do” list for any project and startup team is endless; the trick is to make sure you’re checking boxes as quickly and efficiently as possible. If productivity is a scary corporate word for you, then maybe the straight forward “get things (or another choice 4-letter word) done” should be your daily startup mantra. In fact, there exists an awesome method (and a book), created by 30-year productivity veteran David Allen, called “Getting Things Done.”



Haven’t heard of it? Well, if you’re running your own business, have an upcoming project and want to make sure everything works in the most productive, stress-free way, I highly suggest getting your hands on a copy. For now, I’ll highlight the top GTD tips for your productivity pleasure.


Project Planning

According to Allen, there are 5 steps to highly effective project planning, execution and success:


1. What is the purpose of your project?

Clearly define the reasons for the project and a criteria of how you will make decisions throughout the process.


2. See the big picture

Envision the final result and what you want to achieve and create a blueprint on how you’ll get there (moving from a theoretical view to a practical one).


3. Brainstorm time!

This is my favorite part of project planning. Get your team together and start throwing out ideas on how to make things happen.


4. Make the wheels turn

Any important project is going to have many moving parts, the key is to identify the most important ones and organize the chaos to grease the project gears.


5. So, what’s next?

You’ve got a purpose, you see the final result, you’ve brainstormed ideas and organized how you’re going to get things done. Great! Now, what exactly is the next step? If you can clearly define and execute what your next action is, then you’re ready to move forward. If not, keep on planning until you can.



Staying on the Path of Productivity

After the project blueprint is created, Allen describes several ways of making sure you, your team and your project stays on track, or what he calls the “productivity path”:



This is just a little taster of what the GTD method is all about. So if you want to keep your team on track, motivated, organized and dedicated to succeed in upcoming projects, check out the whole kit and caboodle on David Allen‘s site.


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