One of the first books I’ve bought told me about two axises in goal achievement: decisiveness(ability to start) and persistence(having enough resources to accomplish the thing).
I think GTD success is in part attributed to improving decisiveness. Doing something a few times develops a habit, so we keep doing same thing less consciously. By quickly relaying messages in your Inbox to appropriate queues you take a decision already, it’s small, but starting small is the easiest way to start. Branson’s autobiographical one also stuffed with quick decision making.
I’m still afraid of making mistakes but when I’m starting to act, that’s all gone.
Exercise for the reader
Keep your inboxes empty for a week.
- If you don’t feel like saying ‘yes’ to something – say no
- If you know when you’re going to do something – add a reminder and drop the e-mail, if you don’t know – say no
- Unsubscribe link in marketing e-mails helps a lot : )