This past Sunday, the New York Times featured an article by David Allen, the author of the essential book about organization: “Getting Things Done”. Here’s a link to the article. It’s a great reminder of the four essential steps for upping your productivity and achieving a sense of calm amidst the multitude of pressures that we all face every day.
The most important step in my view is holding the weekly meeting with yourself to review your goals, download your to-do list from your head, and plan the week ahead. Allen suggests we all take two hours for this each week. Realistically, I think if you can simply carve out 15 to 30 minutes once a week to review goals and plan then you have made a good start.
This weekly meeting is a chance to reflect on your personal and professional goals and to plan how you can advance these in some small way during the days ahead. This weekly meeting is what I also call “the success habit” because it help moves you from a place of overwhelm to a place of thinking, planning and action.