Getting things done!

According to Deepak Chopra:

Preparedness + Opportunity = Good Luck

There have been a few books I’ve found useful in inspiring productivity and successfully getting things done.  Here are a few key notes:

The One Thing – Jay Papasan and Gary Keller

  • Success is sequential not simultaneous
    • You need to be accepting that all things don’t happen at once and it takes time to achieve your goals.  We fail our way to success.
  • No two things are equally important: there’s what matters most and the rest.  Think big, aim high; act bold; go small
    • Think big but go small: what is the one most important thing to do today
    • Balance: go short in your personal life, so nothing is left behind (i.e. all the important things are taken care off).  In your professional life, accept that you may need to go out of balance for a longer time, as priorities dictate so.
  • Find the one person who can relate to your dreams and help you deliver
    • Mentorship is important for guidance and as a sounding board to keep you focussed and conscious of your decisions.

The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Guwande

There are 2 main reasons for failure:

  • Ignorance – knowledge is available but not used
  • Ineptitude – knowledge unavailable
    • Training increases the likelihood of reduced ineptitude, but failures can still occur even with a well structured training scheme.

Why are checklists important? They build on experiences and knowledge as a strategy and make sure nothing is left behind.



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