[No.5 in a series of posts taken directly from David Allen’s Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Getting Things Done]
When life demands more of people than they demand of life – as is ordinarily the case – what results is a resentment of life almost as deep-seated as the fear of death. – Tom Robbins
“Trying to do it all, have it all, and be it all will exhaust the human mechanism. “More and better” will always stretch out in front of you, as you attain it. To surf on top of the game instead of drowning, infinite “everything you could ever want” must be corralled into doable, physical chunks. Expansive expressiveness requires intelligence and conscious limitation to be sustainable.” – David Allen

David provides us five, succinctly stated things that get in the way of our being productive. Here they are:

  1. People keep stuff in their head.
  2. They don’t decide what they need to do about stuff they know they need to do something about.
  3. They don’t organize action reminders and support materials in functional categories.
  4. They don’t maintain and review a complete and objective inventory of their commitments.
  5. Then they waste energy and burn out allowing their busy-ness to be drive by what’s latest and loudest.

Do you think “Busy” is a four-letter word? Check out Kim & Jason: Escape Adulthood blog on the subject.

– Gary