Mind like water

What does “done” means?
What does “doing” looks like?

David Allen, the writer of the famous Getting things done, shares his methodology for elevated effectiveness and efficiency to reach a state of “Mind Like Water”.

Water can overwhelm, but not overwhelmed…
Still but not impatient…
Can be forced to change courses, but is never frustrated…

Vision the following state:
To have an overwhelming number of things to do, yet a clear head.  
A positive sense of relaxed control, time disappears, and attention under command. You are “On”. 
Clear and relax your mind – a tense muscle is a slow one.

The story is about capturing all “things”/”stuff” that needs to get done or processing. Inserting them into a logical and trusted system outside your head. Then directing yourself to front-end decisions for all the “inputs”, and lastly, caring and coordinating all that content.

System properties:

  • Set of coherent behaviors and tools
  • Save time and effort
  • Manage multiple levels of priority
  • Facilitate doing
  • Incorporate “big-picture” thinking and the smallest of open details
  • Control system

You must use your mind to get things off your mind

The real problem is a lack of clarity and definition about what a project is – and the associated next physical action.
Clearing the mind gives openness and responsiveness. You are more engaged with your world.

The goal:

  • Increase in productivity, proactivity, responsiveness, and focus
  • Ease and control in managing results
  • More done with less effort
  • Front-end decisions
  • Create a standard operating procedure 

The two main parts of action management and control:

  1. Horizontal:
    1. Maintain coherence across all activities involved
    2. Tracking system 
    3. Supply required information on demand
    4. Allow quick and easy shift-focus
  2. Vertical:
    1. Thinking management and development
    2. Coordination of individual topics and projects
    3. “Project planning”
    4. Single-focus
    5. Brainstorming ideas, priorities and handling them


To be continued


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *