Blog Archives - Next Action Associates
Fire and Forget (AKA ‘The BCC Trick’)

Fire and Forget (AKA ‘The BCC Trick’)

“The highest-performing people I know are those who have installed the best tricks in their lives.” – David Allen One of the characteristics of GTD® compared to other content in the productivity space is that it is decidedly not just a collection of time management...
Three Fastest Strategies to Reduce Overwhelm

Three Fastest Strategies to Reduce Overwhelm

Feeling overwhelmed, with too much to do and not enough time? Do you feel like you have too much information coming at you from all directions, and too much to think about? Here are the three fastest strategies to reduce overwhelm, with guidance on how you can manage...
A Rested Development

A Rested Development

Consider this: over the course of the last one hundred years, we have moved from being a largely rural population that was incredibly active, day in and day out, to being mostly urban and sedentary. It is generally understood that this has been better for our wealth...
GTD From the Top

GTD From the Top

It’s been a while since I did a written blog (most of my blogs these days are of the video variety), but I’ve got a big topic here and it doesn’t boil down into a five-minute film. What I’m going to try to do in this series is distill my knowledge and experience of...
Enigma Variations

Enigma Variations

Enigma: a person or thing that is mysterious or difficult to understand (see Weekly Review®) Variation: a different or distinct form or version of something First, I should mention that many people who tell me they can’t stick with a Weekly Review habit are also those...
How To Make Your Lists REALLY Work For You

How To Make Your Lists REALLY Work For You

In this video, GTD® veteran Robert Peake outlines how you can make your ‘to-do’ lists much more functional, why your brain needs help when it comes to getting stuff done, and how you can reduce friction when you need to work on something on your...
Work Faster For Less Effort

Work Faster For Less Effort

When it comes to work, you can be as fast as you want to, because it’s all about efficiency. If you can reduce the friction in your working processes, you will inevitably work faster and with less effort, meaning that you’ll be more effective in what you...
A Comprehensive Approach to Enabling a Team with GTD

A Comprehensive Approach to Enabling a Team with GTD

In the dream, the client has deep pockets. Deep conviction too. They are a long-term GTD® user who has leveraged their practice of GTD into a promotion, and wants their new team to get the same benefits they have personally experienced from using the approach: more...
Is Your GTD System Too Complex? (Video Podcast)

Is Your GTD System Too Complex? (Video Podcast)

In this episode, we ask is your GTD® system overbuilt? How complex is too complex when it comes to creating your GTD system? We take a deep dive into the setup of your GTD system and how to streamline your lists, create practical and easily accessible indexes of your ‘stuff’, and reduce friction in your workflow.

Be Calm. Be Patient. Be Furious

Be Calm. Be Patient. Be Furious

I try to be furious every day. This might seem like an unexpected admission from a coach in the art of stress-free productivity but, don’t worry, Furious is a person rather than the description of a frothing meltdown. Jason ‘Furious’ Styles was a character played by...
Why Do You Want to be Productive? No, Really…

Why Do You Want to be Productive? No, Really…

What motivates you to get things done – is ‘productivity’ connected to a greater sense of purpose or a deeper ‘why’? Here’s how you might want to approach the concept of productivity differently, to make progress towards those...
Check Out Some Checklists

Check Out Some Checklists

“We don’t like checklists. They can be painstaking. They’re not much fun. But I don’t think the issue here is mere laziness. There’s something deeper, more visceral going on when people walk away not only from saving lives but from making money. It somehow feels...
Is That Really Off Your Mind?

Is That Really Off Your Mind?

GTD® coach Robert Peake shares three common ways in which people often accumulate a lingering amount of stress by keeping things in their mind – even when they have the best of intentions to do otherwise. More importantly, he shares the keys to truly getting...
Flow, flow, flow your boat…

Flow, flow, flow your boat…

Again? Can’t be. We stopped paddling to allow ourselves to focus. Sure enough, there they were: an older couple, drifting along in their inflatable canoe. Ahead of us, again. My canoeing partner and I exchanged minor expletives under our breath. We were about 90...
Nobody’s Business But Your Own

Nobody’s Business But Your Own

  “That looked painful” commented my colleague from the university library. We were chatting after the meeting I’d just been holding with my IT managers and although he’d not actually been part of it, he’d seen the strange behaviour of one of my team through the...
Culture and the Cigar-Smoking Triathlete

Culture and the Cigar-Smoking Triathlete

In my thirties I was an amateur triathlete. I wasn’t good at it, but I showed up for the training and finished a few events per year. At the same time, I was also a 5-a-day smoker of cigars. Big ones. In this, I excelled. Even at the time, I was aware that training my...
Why You Should Be Celebrating Success

Why You Should Be Celebrating Success

Are you allowing yourself to celebrate your success? Here’s an insight into how you might just be missing a trick when it comes to celebrating those small wins and appreciating successful outcomes in day-to-day life.
Why Are You Reading This?

Why Are You Reading This?

Trusting your choices about how you spend your time and focus your limited resources is a key desired outcome of ‘Getting Things Done®’. If you can spend most of your days, weeks, months and years trusting your judgment that what you are doing is what you...
Down to Earth with a Thump

Down to Earth with a Thump

My GTD® origin story is evergreen. There was a point in my life when I had a technical, fairly transactional role that I was doing well in, and to prove that no good deed goes unpunished, I was promoted to manager. I was rubbish at it: woefully unprepared for the rash...
Turn Your Problems Into Projects

Turn Your Problems Into Projects

How to turn your problems into projects, be more successful, and achieve those long-term goals. In a world of change and challenges, here’s an insight into how GTD® can help you to get control of your world and take the right steps to move forward with progress....