I’m someone who works in spurts. I am crazy productive and then find myself doing absolutely nothing. It’s not something I respect about myself, ha, so along with nearly half a dozen other books, I started reading Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Like so many in this world, I need help getting things done!!!
This is not a religious book. I have no idea about the religion of the author. But this book is kind of rocking my world.
The things I’m gleaning from it as a writer are a) better clarity about how the unconscious brain gets weighed down, b) insights into both task and project lists, and c) practical help to get out from under stress.
A more relaxed mind is a more creative mind. A less stressed schedule is a way to have more and better quality writing time! Woo hoo!
Here’s the thing. Jesus didn’t die on the cross so we can be stressed out all the time. Of course, I’m not saying Jesus died on the cross to remove stress either.
Put another way, sometimes the out-of-control feelings I experience as an admittedly-ambitious-at-times mother of six make me fear I am living inappropriately under the law, lacking in trust to God, etc.
I am not saying that simplifying is a form of worship or that it would improve my relationship with the Triune God. But . . . um . . . decluttering is good for me in so many ways right now. I’m not alone in that, right? I still need to be getting things done, but need to do it in a healthier way!
So I’m going to recommend this book. I’m just over half-way through it and found it very energizing the first few days! As in, my typical step count more than doubled! Now I’m lagging a bit as inertia tries to reclaim to me, but I hope to be back on the bandwagon/system/pen-to-paper lifestyle sooner rather than later and even, dare I say it, hope to stay on it this time! 🙂
Have you read this? Any other books or tips on productivity that have helped you?