Getting things done

Time is always at a premium, there never seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all of the tasks that are at hand. Tasks have a way of accumulating throughout the day, and it is very easy to become overwhelmed with the items you were unable to accomplish today, and now must put off until tomorrow. The secret to being able to accomplish all of the tasks at hand is effective planning and prioritization.

Getting Things Done (GTD)
David Allen is well known for his “Getting Things Done” principal. The GTD focus is on grouping tasks into relevant bundles to accomplish all of them at the same time. On his website http://www.davidco.com/ David Allen presents the basis for the GTD concept stating that the human mind is not designed for reminding us of tasks and their due dates, instead it is ideally suited for executing tasks. Mr. Allen believes that GTD allows users to plan for task execution up front, group similar tasks together, and then fulfill the required tasks all at the same time. This logical pairing of tasks helps the mind to focus on the storage, tracking, and retrieval of all of the information that is required to see these tasks through to completion, instead of wasting resources trying to remember what needs to be done. Additionally, the costs for task switches are reduced to a minimum.

My personal experiences
David Allen presents the GTD method as one of many different approaches you can use to complete tasks. The various methods that are out there each have their own strengths and weaknesses. At the end of the day, the best method of getting things done is simply to focus on doing them and posses the discipline to keep at those tasks until they are completed.

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