Getting Things Done

How to Be More Decisive

How to Be More Decisive

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Dear Justin, Many tasks I work on involve getting info and answers from colleagues. I’ll initiate the contact and let them know what I need, then move on to my next task. And of course, as soon as I’m immersed in that next task, I’ll hear back from them. Here’s my dilemma: I can’t decide if...


3 Tips to Organize Your Life

3 Tips to Organize Your Life

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Dear Crucial Skills, I have always been a list-maker and over the years this has served me pretty well. I’m getting older and I’m finding that I’m making lists over and over so I end up with multiple lists. They’re on my desk, they’re in my pockets, they’re on my phone. What can I do to...


How To Take Control of Your Overflowing Email Inbox

How To Take Control of Your Overflowing Email Inbox

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Dear Crucial Skills, I’m buried in email and I can’t seem to get it under control. Emails mean calendar requests, and calendar requests mean meetings. And meetings mean less time to respond to email. It’s a vicious cycle. If I’m lucky, I scan my inbox every few hours, looking for big issues....


Get Clear with a GTD Weekly Review

Get Clear with a GTD Weekly Review

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Dear Crucial Skills, My company recently sent my team through GTD Training. Learning how to capture and clarify has been beneficial, but I’m struggling with the organizing, reflecting, and reviewing. That seems to require a lot of time, and because I value productivity, well, I tend to skip...


How to Help Someone Be More Organized and Productive

How to Help Someone Be More Organized and Productive

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Dear Crucial Skills, I am loving the impact of Getting Things Done® (GTD®) on my professional life. Not only am I getting things done, but I have a vision of where I want my work to take me. At work, I feel productive, energized, and excited about the next action items I can knock out. But when...


How to Help Your Boss Be More Productive

How to Help Your Boss Be More Productive

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Dear Crucial Skills, I have teammates (and even my manager, at times) who are inefficient and often unproductive. This is causing issues for me because I end up picking up the slack. I’m not perfect, but I’d like them to more effectively manage their workload. How can I handle this?...


How to Adapt to New Technologies at Work

How to Adapt to New Technologies at Work

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Dear Crucial Skills, My organization has just rolled out a new collaborative software tool and my manager let us know we are expected to use it. I’m excited about the new tool, as several people on my team have used it at previous organizations and swear by it. Yet, I still don’t use it. When...


How to Say “No” and Reclaim Your Career

How to Say “No” and Reclaim Your Career

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Dear Crucial Skills, How do you say “no” to requests and projects that come across your desk? I want to be helpful and do everything that’s asked of me, but if I said “yes” to every request I received, I wouldn’t actually get to my top priorities and that would reflect poorly on my...


How to Apply New Skills

How to Apply New Skills

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Dear Justin, I have attended many courses that make use of skill models, including the VitalSmarts courses. Crucial Conversations, for example, provides a model that outlines what to do before, during, and after a crucial conversation. In Getting Things Done, I learned multiple steps for how...


How to Get the Right Things Done

How to Get the Right Things Done

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Dear Crucial Skills, I read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, as a teenager. I loved it. I purchased the FranklinCovey planner and for years I defined my roles and tried to execute on important-but-not-urgent matters related to those roles. I loved getting clear on my values and...


The Two-Minute Rule and How to Use It

The Two-Minute Rule and How to Use It

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Dear Crucial Skills, The two-minute rule often blows up on me. I frequently find that what I thought would be a two-minute task takes longer than two minutes. For example, I’ll open an email and think I can respond quickly by just confirming one thing, but when I check that one thing, I...


What Science Says About Stress, Cognition, and Clarity

What Science Says About Stress, Cognition, and Clarity

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Dear Crucial Skills, GTD teaches that “your mind is for having ideas, not for holding them.” What does the science say? Does it support this statement? Sincerely,Curious GTD Student _____________________ Dear Curious, Your head is a terrible office. Your mind evolved to do...