Getting Things Done (Part 1 of 4): Mastering Workflow 6 comments


I am not receiving any compensation for this post. This book review is based on my opinion and personal experience.

I posted previously about the best book I’ve read on being productive, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. Regardless of your work situation, this book can help you tremendously. When I get off track and feel overwhelmed by clutter and tasks, I grab it from my shelf. If you read my blog often, you are visualizing a dog-eared, well-worn book that may be missing a front cover.

So why should you adhere to the practices in this book if I sway from its knowledge repeatedly? 

Because you can have all the tools in the world to be successful, but if you don’t apply them…  My elders would tell me as a child, “Do as I say, not as I do.”


5 Stages of Mastering Workflow

  • Collect
  • Process
  • Organize
  • Review
  • Do

“We COLLECT things that command our attention; PROCESS what they mean and what to do about them; and ORGANIZE the results, which we REVIEW as options for what we choose to DO,” writes Allen.

The workflow diagram below shows how we should process all items that we collect. A piece of paper, an e-mail, a voice mail, a package, etc. Everything that we receive.


In Part 2 of this series next week, I’ll describe how to break down this diagram even further.

Do you use any of these practices to master your workflow?
Are you doing it, delegating it, or deferring it?

Linking to: The Art of Living Fabulously


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