Most people think of Getting Things Done® (GTD®) as a personal growth experience. The name itself represents an increase in personal productivity. Getting Things Done is more than simply doing more - though it does deliver on that promise. It's about doing better, changing the way you interact with priorities, tasks, and even desires or wishes.
It's the promise of attracting people first, but the benefits are not limited to improving individual performance. When GTD is fully adopted and implemented, its benefits will extend to those aspects involving individual practitioners. GTD changes how a person interacts with their "to-do," which changes how others interact with that person. Over time, it brought about a transformation from the inside out. Know how this exactly happens.
GTD principles and practices primarily focus on what we do when we are "productive." It helps you look inward to understand precisely the tasks you're trying to manage in your mind. It can help you know what these things mean to you and the effort required to accomplish them. It enables you to organize them so you can remember them when you need them, not before. It helps ensure that you devote your time and energy to the top priorities of your situation.
These practices can help you focus more on your urgent tasks, better time management (actually spending more time than worrying about what needs to be done), and a sense of balance between work-life priorities. All of this comes from looking at yourself and making appropriate adjustments.
However, one of the unexpected benefits is that this information spreads when you clearly understand what you will and will not do, your priorities, and how you will use your time. They start getting the message that when you're working on something, you intend to give it the attention it deserves. This communication begins when you effectively capture everything and convey, "I want to get this job done."
While you will experience many of these inside-out or internal benefits as a natural consequence of adopting and practicing GTD, you can do a few things to speed up implementing them.
- Firstly, think big, but start small
It takes time to implement all GTDs into your daily and weekly routine fully. So, while Getting Things Done adoption is your goal, the best place to start is with skills. Make this your day job until you have two weeks to use your new skills regularly. Then, add another skill to what you're doing. Consequently, you will surely be getting the inside-out benefits of GTD.
- Forecast your moves
Not long ago, I worked with a manager who was very good at this. She would tell everyone what she would do and then do it. It mainly revolves around behavioral expectations. She'd say, "I'm going to review all the ideas we've gathered tomorrow and email you which categories might fit my current workload and which projects need outside support." In doing so, she builds trust and a sense of common purpose. People don't have to guess what or when it will happen.
- Team Support
Take a moment to discuss your GTD system with your teammates (and possibly others in your organization). Seek their support as you move toward more effective ways to interact.
By repeatedly sending these messages, you can provide others with information about how to interact with you and what to expect from your work. It gives you advantages in two ways. It benefits you and those around you.
These are the inside-out benefits of Getting Things Done that await you and your team.