[No.8 in a series of posts taken directly from David Allen’s Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Getting Things Done]

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Edisonbroom_iconsvg.png

“No matter how unimportant they seem or how unconscious we are about them, unfulfilled commitments consume psychic fuel that is unavailable for other uses. When these unfinished items are brought to the surface and completed (or acknowledged as complete, as is), previously inaccessible energy shows up.” – David Allen

How many of you create “priorities” to help control your work? How many times a month, week or day do you renegotiate those priorities with yourself? During that time, what did you actually get done? Mr. Allen’s point here is that there is tremendous value in planning and visioning, but don’t neglect the inspiration and additional opportunities that will arise when you actually get down and dirty with the job at hand. Let your priorities emerge naturally by engaging in action! – Gary