Couple weeks ago I’ve read this in “Home with God” a book definitely not about productivity - it’s about death, souls, energy and consciousness. There is a great phrase which says "perspective creates perception, perception creates experience". This appears to represent in a fixed formula where first two elements create third one. As it’s later explained this is not the case. In this equation if you change the way one element it reacts on two others and can transform them..
Almost immediately I thought that this can be matched to application of GTD. In my earlier post I've written that GTD can be painful that I can create a lot of frustration and disappointment. That I can produce a negative self-talk that doesn't serve any purpose except put you down and magnify the adverse sides of things.
If one was to translate the above paragraph in to working with GTD it could take a shape of one of the two scenarios.
Scenario 1: Perspective Once you are through the initial implementation you process all the inputs and log them on to a list. This list will represent all commitments and obligations and it will be long. For some it can be 100 items for others it can be 500 or more.
Perception The notion of fallowing any productivity system including GTD is that you will become more productive, have more time and accomplish more. However it's often the case that the result of gathering all the obligation results in something that's quite the opposite. Long list of unfinished tasks is a prime example of personal failure. So many things are waiting to be done. When you don't track to do's in any way it’s easy to pretend they are not there, but once they are put in one place there is nothing to hide.
Experience Once you get in the mode of seeing yourself as unproductive this will translate into experiencing being unproductive. Looking at the lists will be a burden. The hundred items will morph into single blob of endless work. There will be no focus and one will be jumping from one thing to another without finishing it properly.
Scenario 2: Perspective The list with all the captured commitments and outcomes is the starting point. It's long and mighty. It has everything you've wanted to do and grows every day.
Perception Look at the next actions as opportunities, a possibility to make a difference, to improve something and complete it. As the lists are full of items to work on there is a plenty of choice to make a change. Regardless where you start there always be a positive impact.
Experience Go through the items one by one. The list is fluctuating as you complete many items and then add more which are more important and have higher impact on life. You experience increased productivity and progress.
In the first scenario the sequence looks like a vicious circle where there is no escape. But it can be broken once you change one element in this three piece equation the effect will be translated on to the other pieces. These two scenarios are happening all the time one day first scenario is on top when things are not going as planned on the other day you feel energised and productive, knocking down the actions and progressing on projects. Perhaps they occur during a single day.
The most important thing to remember is that the list in both scenarios is exactly the same it doesn't change at all. The change needs to happen in our heads.
What I wonder is how to maintain more positive scenario for longer?
Are there any techniques that maybe helpful?
If everything is happening in the brain how can we access it for greater use?