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If it's a truth, the simpler something is said, the greater its impact. Compression creates
power.
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Often the only way to make a hard decision is to come back to the purpose.
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There is no reason ever to have the same thought twice, unless you like having that thought.
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It is a tricky business to know when you should set goals and objectives in order to achieve a
focus, and when you would be better off dealing with the acceptance and management of
your current reality so you can later step into new directions and responsibilities with greater
stability and clarity. Only you will know the answer to that, and only in the moment.
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We need to transform all the "stuff" we're trying to organize into actionable stuff we need to
do.
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The great secret about goals and visions is not the future they describe but the change in
the present they engender.
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Bailing water in a leaky boat diverts energy from rowing the boat.
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Taking off midday, midweek, to play golf. Seems naughty, but so should holding such
irrational beliefs.
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Your best thoughts about work won't happen while you're at work.
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Having a total and seamless system of organization in place gives you tremendous power
because it allows your mind to let go of lower-level thinking and graduate to intuitive
focusing, undistracted by matters that haven't been dealt with appropriately. But your
physical organization system must be better than your mental one in order for that to
happen.
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If your filing system isn't fast, functional, and fun, you'll resist the whole process.
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If the project is still on your mind, there's more planning to do.
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The key ingredients of relaxed control are 1. clearly defined outcomes (projects) and the next
actions required to move them toward closure, and 2. reminders placed in a trusted system
that is reviewed regularly. This is what I call horizontal focus. Although it may seem simple,
the actual application of the process can create profound results.
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When you know how, any time, to get to the place where it's all sort of funny, you've
mastered "Getting Things Done."
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There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the way out is through.
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You don't actually do a project; you can only do action steps related to it. When enough of
the right action steps have been taken, some situation will have been created that matches
your initial picture of the outcome closely enough that you can call it "done."
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If you're appropriately engaged with your life, you don't need more time. If you're not, more
time won't won't help.
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Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax.
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When I get people to focus on a successful scenario of their project, they usually experience
heightened enthusiasm and think of something unique and positive about it that hadn't
occured to them before. "Wouldn't it be great if..." is not a bad way to start thinking about a
situation, at least for long enough to have the option of getting an answer.
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You need no new skills to increase your productivity - just a new set of behaviors about
when and where to apply them.
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Moment-to-moment collecting, thinking, processing, and organizing are challenging enough;
always ensure that you have the tools to make them as easy as possible.
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The in-basket is a processing station, not a storage bin.
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When in doubt, relax and listen.
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Every decision to act is an intuitive one. The challenge is to migrate from hoping it's the right
choice to trusting it's the right choice.
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You often need to make it up in your mind before you can make it happen in your life.
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You can fool everyone else, but you can't fool your own mind.
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A basic truism I have discovered over twenty years of coaching and training is that most of
the stress people experience comes from inappropriately managed commitments they make or
accept. Even those who are not consciously "stressed out" will invariably experience greater
relaxation, better focus, and increased productive energy when they learn more effectively to
control the "open loops" of their lives.
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Distracting reactions about anything undermine a clear mind about anything else.
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Once you know how to process your stuff and what to organize, you really just need to
create and manage lists.
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Anything that causes you to overreact or underreact can control you, and often does.
Responding inappropriately to your e-mail, your staff, your projects, your unread magazines,
your thoughts about what you need to do, your children, or your boss will lead to less
effective results than you'd like. Most people give either more or less attention to things than
they deserve, simply because they don't operate with a "mind like water."
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