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Getting Things Done by David Allen

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Author:David Allen
Language: eng
Format: mobi, epub
ISBN: 9780670899241
Publisher: Viking Adult
Published: 2001-01-08T10:00:00+00:00


That’s a rather dramatic testimonial, but it’s an indication of just how critical some of these simple processing behaviors can be, especially as the volume and speed of the input increase for you personally.

Two minutes is in fact just a guideline. If you have a long open window of time in which to process your in-basket, you can extend the cutoff for each item to five or ten minutes. If you’ve got to get to the bottom of all your input rapidly, in order to figure out how best to use your afternoon, then you may want to shorten the time to one minute, or even thirty seconds, so you can get through everything a little faster.

It’s not a bad idea to time yourself for a few of these while you’re becoming familiar with the process. Most clients I work with have difficulty estimating how long two minutes actually is, and they greatly underestimate how long certain actions are likely to take. For instance, if your action is to leave someone a message, and you get the real person instead of his or her voice-mail, the call will usually take quite a bit longer than two minutes.

You’ll be surprised how many two-minute actions you can perform even on your most critical projects.



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