I don’t think I have ever managed to get my head around what the true definition of irony actually is. Alanis Morissette made sure of that! However the closest I have come recently to a show of irony is having the book by David Allen; Getting Things Done, sitting on my shelf, gathering dust while I made all the excuses under the sun not to read it. I just didn’t have the time. The fact that the book should have helped me create space in my life to read it and implement it was besides the point.
The premise of the methodology within his approach is shown as this:
The GTD workflow consists of five stages: capture, clarify, organize, reflect, and engage. (The first edition used the names collect, process, organize, plan, and do; the descriptions of the stages are similar in both editions). Once all the material (“stuff”) is captured (or collected) in the inbox, each item is clarified and organised by asking and answering questions about each item in turn as shown in the black boxes in the logic tree diagram.
Needless to say, it never got read and I never implemented any of David Allen’s workflow.
I started to consider how much I should plan or what i needed to put into place when I started writing 7 days ago. How did I need to organise myself to male this the most efficient process possible. The truth was I just didn’t have a clue. My fear started to become that I wasn’t fully ready to start. I didn’t have the blog ideas in place, or have a pattern to my day or even on some days the space at all to write.
The excuses started to flow and I nearly didn’t start. Then I watched an old Casey Neistat video.
Casey is a vlogger/film maker who posted a high quality vlog each day and whose whole mantra was based around 3 words: Just Keep Uploading. No matter what, no matter what the quality, just do it. Some days will be amazing and some days not so much. Don’t make it complicated for yourself, don’t put processes in the way of simply doing it. Just make it happen.
And this is what I have done for the last 7 days and others not so much. But thats not the point.
I’m a great one for over thinking and in this i have managed to get over it and simply start. I’m now starting to look at other areas of my personal and professional life and am asking of myself: what am I over thinking? What could I simply just start?
I have loved how the act of writing has already had an impact on my work, on how i present myself and how I am thinking about the obstacles in my own life that are limiting my ability to deliver my best possible work. It’s not simply be writing, it has been transforming.
So what about you? What have you been putting off or coming up with excuses for?