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The Secret to Getting Things Done ... stress-free!

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I’m not an organized person. My desk is usually a mess, my head’s full of clutter, and I usually forget things I need to do. Some say most creatives are like that. The down side is it’s difficult for me to focus and get things done. Things changed when I was working on a project that tested my organizational skills. Sure enough, I failed. Since then I realized I needed to adapt a strategy to help me be more efficient at work and get more things done.

I’ve always wondered how others can do more and be more with just the same hours. It’s amazing to me how successful people are able to do things without having a strand of hair out of place. I used to think that I just didn’t have it in me to do what they can. I thought to myself, maybe I wasn’t talented or smart enough to be like them. But then I stumbled upon Getting Things Done®. It’s a productivity method that aims to help people work more efficiently and take control of their time. The idea is quite straightforward. The goal is to clear your mind of the things you need to get done so you could act on it. Here’s a quick video of what it’s all about from the guys at Lifehack.

GTD, as it is often called has five pillars. First is to capture your ideas. Next is to clarify what you need to do. Then, you need to organize your list, reflect on how you’re going to it then engage and decide which one to do first. The process might look tedious. You might also think that you must need a lot of stuff like filing cabinets or labels, but it’s not like that. What’s great about it is you can adapt the method to what’s comfortable for you. Look at it this way, if you already have a to-do-list app or calendar installed in your phone, then that’s good to go. You can also go old school and use the pen and paper method (works just fine for me). I know I'm still a work in progress, but adapting this method changed the way I do things. Because of it, I am now able to manage multiple projects and spend time doing things I love to do, like baking.

If you want to master your time, get things done and reduce your stress levels, then we’ve got just the right thing for you. On September 1 and 2, Certified GTD Master Trainer Cyrille Jegu will be conducting an in depth two-session seminar entitled GTD Mastering Workflow that will provide practical techniques to help you get control of your world. This workshop will help you increase your productivity while maintaining a clear mind and the confidence that you are consistently focused on what needs to be done.

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Article written by Herlene Somook, Content Manager at NextStep 

Herlene Somook is a creative entrepreneur based in Manila, Philippines. A graduate of AB Psychology, she was a Kumon Reading teacher for five years before jumping ship to the Business Process Outsourcing industry. She has been a digital nomad and freelance writer for a little over two years, and enjoys reading bedtime stories to her bouncing toddler.

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