“Johan Sebastian Bach only had 24 hours. I know he didn’t have email, but he had 20 kids.” — David Allen
As I mentioned in this post, one of my suggested must-read books for entrepreneurs is Getting Things Done by David Allen.
Allen’s “GTD” system has garnered a cult following over the years, spawning a cottage industry of folks looking for the best apps, technology and products to help them accomplish GTD in the best possible way.
While I haven’t adopted the GTD system verbatim, I have adopted several key pieces of Allen’s methods into my routine, with great results.
Specifically, his idea that it’s important to get the clutter of ideas, to-dos, and unfinished projects out of your head and on to paper in your “inbox” is vital. It’s amazing how simply unpacking these ideas and thoughts and putting them on paper can provide perspective and help you to determine the next action decision to get them done.
So it was with great interest that I stumbled upon the video of Allen’s 2012 TEDxClaremont talk, entitled, “The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.” My favorite take-away quote from his talk is:
“Don’t keep anything in your head for the rest of your life.”
That quote is the key to living a stress-free and productive life. Without further adieu, I urge you to watch this 20-minute talk from David Allen. It’s well worth your time: