Why use GTD for CIOs?
October 26, 2012 1 Comment
I’ve been noticing that the stress factor at senior levels of many IT organizations is increasing. A contributing factor to this stress is an increasing number of agreements that are real, but are largely not consciously acknowledged or kept. Collectively, we are giving ourselves so much to do and we’re taking on so much of what we expect others are expecting of us, that it would be virtually impossible to do even a portion of what’s on our plates. This is unsustainable.
Most of you reading this don’t even have time to finish your current set of projects or priorities, even if you stopped the world from giving you anything new, and you had several months or even years within which to do them. You must embrace reality and acknowledge this is unsustainable. The path to making this sustainable is GTD.
We need to define the work we are doing and more importatnly what we are not doing. Unfortunately, the resulting ambiguity of just halfway assuming responsibilities and commitments with ourselves and others, or just halfway clarifying and understanding what they mean and what needs to be done about them, won’t cut the pressure in half – it actually it doubles it!
So much of what people are feeling these days is the pressure to get things done, but there is universal resistance to defining precisely what that commitment is and what the work is to be “done.” We have to clarify and define the outcomes and actions that are needed on each and every thing that we might need or want to do and what “done” is.
You can only do one thing at a time, so at any point in time there is going to be a huge backlog of “stuff” that needs to be done. Much of what we must do to gain comfort and control in our lives these days is clarifying what all that stuff is, objectively, in a format that provides an actionable format. Once we define these actionable formats in their appropriate contexts, we must continually renegotiate those commitments with ourselves and with others. That is impossible to do unless they’re captured, clarified, and organized in some systematic way outside our psyche. GTD is the only way I know khow to do that.
What are your thoughts?