Whenever I write anything on this blog I try to write as both the teacher and the pupil, why? The fact is that we are all both teachers and pupils deep down and this is a fundamental feature of humans. We have a deep need to learn things and a natural sense of curiosity. While I like to think that I know a bit about things and I am willing to share it with anyone who is interested that fact remains the I also have a lot to learn still.
There are two things that I really have struggled with over the last year or so and that is Time Management and Procrastination. I have tried all kinds of prescribed methods to help get past this hurdles but sadly to no avail. I have tried reading Getting Things Done by David Allen but I found that to seem very elaborate for me to start in with. That is not to say that it is a fantastic system, which I know it is as good friends have implemented it and it works great for them, but I am just not ready for it. I have also downloaded the AudioBook The Now Habit, which is a great system for overcoming Procrastination and gave me a great insight into the roots of it. Again though it wasn’t working for me. To say I was despairing of all of it would be an understatement.
Then I was talking with a friend the other week and he was telling me that he had set himself a target to get any work that he gets in turned around within 24hrs. I thought it was a little brave but then whatever works. As I thought about it more over the next week it just kept ringing in my head and in the end I figured I may as well give it a go. The thing that I liked was that it met what I was trying to achieve with such simplicity that I feel it could get me back on track again.
Does it work? So far yes. Thats not to say that it will continue to work but right now it is and I hear myself saying things like “I’ll sort that later” and then think again “why put off what I can do now” and I just get it done.
Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best one’s, I love the way that GTD works but at this point in time I just need something simple to get the ball rolling. I’ll keep you posted on how it works out.