This October: 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers

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31 days to GTD for homemakers

I’m excited to announce the upcoming series during the month of October: 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers! During this series, we will work through the process David Allen lines out in his now-classic time management book, Getting Things Done, but the examples and tone will apply to our own circumstances as home managers (whether it be as stay-at-home moms, work-at-home moms, or homeschooling moms).

What David Allen proposes in Getting Things Done is having a system in place to deal with one’s stuff so that one can achieve “stress-free productivity,” a sense of “relaxed control,” through “natural planning” processes.

“Anxiety,” he claims, “is caused by a lack of control, organization, preparation, and action.” He posits that most people know how to plan and they know what to do, they just don’t do it. So his book is a step-by-step coaching towards doing completely and well what most people only do in crises or in a scattered manner.

Moreover, “even when only portions of the model are inserted,” Allen admits, “tremendous benefit ensues.” So you can implement the total system, cull a handful of tricks, or use his steps as a process to get things back under control again as needed.

What he proposes is a system based on common sense principles, core methods that don’t change with the times or the technology. You can implement it as low-tech or high-tech as you want; you can implement it if you are a CEO, a pawn in an office, or – a mother at home. Allen goes so far as to say that what he is about to lay out, when applied consistently, always works.

That is because it all comes down merely to systematically and consistently applying common sense.

Join me this October as we work through this process together, step by step. The easiest way to make sure you don’t miss it is to subscribe for free by email and receive the posts straight into your inbox!

3 Responses

  1. Trisha
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    Mystie,
    I absolutely love GTD, but haven’t heard many other Moms speak of it. I’m looking forward to following your series. What a great idea!

    • Mystie Winckler
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      That’s true; it’s mostly a business-productivity phenomenon, but his whole approach and goal fits better with a home family life than many of the approaches taught by and for homeschooling families, I think.

      • Trisha
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        Yes, I very much agree. People often think I’m strange when I mention how much I learned from this book. I’m glad you’re fleshing it out. You think much more clearly than I do. :)

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