David Allen

Born: December 28, 1945

Occupation: Consultant

Quotes of David Allen

David Allen

The real issue is how to make appropriate choices about what to do at any point in time. The real issue is how we manage actions.

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David Allen

You don't manage priorities, you have them.

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A vision of a desired future allows you to engage and identify immediately in your focus with an improved condition. It changes what you perceive and how you perform NOW. It's not about achieving something...

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The great secret about goals and visions is not the future they describe but the change in the present they engender.

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David Allen

Focusing on values does not simplify your life. It gives meaning and direction-and a lot more complexity.

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Procastination is not about not doing is about not doing and feeling crappy.

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The balance you have between drive and patience may be your master key to success.

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There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the way out is through.

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Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax

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You can do anything, but you can't do everything

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David Allen

Change - even change meant to improve our lives - creates stress. We can get comfortable with our problems.

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Isn't it interesting that people feel best about themselves right before they go on vacation? They've cleared up all of their to-do piles, closed up transactions, renewed old promises with themselves....

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Once a week, do a thorough review of all your projects in as much detail as you need to. If you do, your systems will work. If you don't, no system will work.

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Sometimes the biggest gain in productive energy will come from cleaning the cobwebs, dealing with old business, and clearing the desks—cutting loose debris that's impeding forward motion.

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Use your mind to think about things, rather than think of them. You want to be adding value as you think about projects and people, not simply reminding yourself they exist.

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Anything that causes you to overreact or underreact can control you, and often does.

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It is a tricky business to know when you should set goals and objectives in order to achieve a focus, and when you would be better off dealing with the acceptance and management of your current reality...

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David Allen

The ancestor of every action is a thought. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Decide the outcome and the action step, put reminders of those somewhere your brain trusts youll see them at the right time, and listen to your brain breathe easier.

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David Allen

You don't actually do a project; you can only do action steps related to it.

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David Allen

Things rarely get stuck because of lack of time. They get stuck because the doing of them has not been defined.

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Why do people complain that there's no time to get their work done? Because there is more work to do than the work they think they have to do.

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David Allen

A Keyring? Achievements? These are not WoW-specific things. They are common sense. They exist in the real world.

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There is no reason ever to have the same thought twice, unless you like having that thought.

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There is usually an inverse proportion between how much something is on your mind and how much it´s getting done!

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David Allen

You don't actually do a project; you can only do action steps related to it. When enough of the right action steps have been taken, some situation will have been created that matches your initial picture...

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You can claim that God is guiding you and revealing to you the answer or solution to your problem. Accept the truth that the nature of Infinite Intelligence is to respond to you, and you will receive an...

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It's hard to be fully creative without structure and constraint. Try to paint without a canvas. Creativity and freedom are two sides of the same coin. I like the best of both worlds. Want freedom? Get...

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A successful executive is one that solves bigger problems than he/she creates.

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Every decision to act is an intuitive one. The challenge is to migrate from hoping it's the right choice to trusting it's the right choice.

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Small things done consistently, in strategic places, create major impact.

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When we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding.

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David Allen

You can do anything, but not everything.

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David Allen

The sense of anxiety and guilt doesn't come from having too much to do; it's the automatic result of breaking agreements with yourself.

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If you don't pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.

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David Allen

Want freedom? Get organized. Want to get organized? Get creative.

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Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they've started.

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David Allen

If you don't fall off the wagon regularly, you're not playing a big enough game.

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David Allen

You can fool everyone else, but you can't fool your own mind.

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The right amount of complexity is what creates the optimal simplicity

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Distracting reactions about anything undermine a clear mind about anything else.

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Everything you’ve told yourself you ought to do, your mind thinks you should do right now. Frankly, as soon add you have two things to do stored in your RAM, you’ve generated personal failure, because...

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David Allen

Most people feel best about their work the week before their vacation, but it's not because of the vacation itself. What do you do the last week before you leave on a big trip? You clean up, close up,...

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It was helpful to be able to call a lawyer...it turns out, that not only did they help me, but they really helped the whole community...

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In Ireland we have a very old saying, When you can see the mountains it's going to rain and when you can't see the mountains it's raining.

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My opinion is that anybody offended by breastfeeding is staring too hard

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Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.

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Most of the stress people experience comes from inappropriately managed commitments they make or accept.

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We suffer the stress of infinite opportunity: There are so many things that we could do, and all we see are people who seem to be performing at star quality. It's very hard not to try to be like them....

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