Getting Things Done = Freedom!

imagesCAUIW14S“Taking on new projects is not necessarily a positive change. It may be a sign of recklessness and non-fulfillment. But going back to all the levels of non-completion and completing them is a sign of positive change.” – John Roger

How many lists do you have? Are they short and long term, numbered and highlighted in order of importance? Are they color coded? Has their creation and maintenance taken on a life of its own? Are you living with annoying post-its everywhere that only increase your level of anxiety and multiply mysteriously? Does it feel like you are pushing back the ocean, while conflicted about this selfish waste of paper or electronic data? Are these overwhelming and unproductive activities? Non-completion takes up a great deal of psychic space, often accompanied by finger wagging and other judgmental posturing and is very taxing.

According to David Allen,” Stress comes from unkept agreements with yourself. You can relieve that stress only by canceling the agreement, keeping the agreement or negotiating it.”

Begin by clearing out and collecting your thoughts, assessing each one for importance and then review your options. Here is a 3-step approach that can get you out of being stuck and on the road to taking charge.

1. Find your preferred method of recording information. Take 5-minutes and dump everything that pops into your head. Do not censor or evaluate, just write!
2. Assess each particle. What’s the next action? What will you commit to?
3. Which things will you do in order of  time, place and importance?

A constant part of worry is the nagging feeling that there is always something else to be managed. While that may be true, for now you have cleared out the cobwebs and dumped the brain drains to a place where they can be seen and not just heard.

• Make your list
• Dig deep…no self-censoring
• Notice how it feels different than usual


ASK for it!


For new hires or even at a yearly review, the salary range can be somewhat locked in, despite your best efforts to negotiate a better number. If you are having your review, aside from asking what you can work on to improve your value to the organization, there may be other perks that you can add to the discussion. For example, request a timeline of 3 or even 6 months to revisit a salary discussion. Always keep the door open.

It’s never a good idea to leave anything on the table, but what if you don’t really know what else to ask for? The following seven requests are reasonable to make and more likely to give you the additional wiggle room to demonstrate that you want to make the package offered work for everyone in order to come on board.

1. Additional vacation time

2. Flex-time

3. Working remotely a day per week

4. A better title

5. Commuter reimbursement

6. Designated office work space

7. Continuing education reimbursement

Feel free to add to the above with your own ideas of what’s most important to you or is more in alignment with the company culture. Remember, if you don’t ASK, you don’t GET, so prepare to be the best advocate for yourself. “In a study cited by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever, authors of Women Don’t Ask, if a woman doesn’t push to ask for more money in her first job, she stands to lose more than $500,000 by the time she reaches age 60.” So, put on your big boy pants and ASK!