#reverb10 Day 13: Action – beyond the ideas

December 13 – Action When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step? (Author: Scott Belsky)

This prompt totally freaked me out when I first read it.

It freaked me out because it seemed unbelievably overwhelming.

There are so many things I both NEED and WANT to do. Like most people my interests are varied and vast. It seems like even if I decided to completely forgo sleep I couldn’t possibly do it all. This thought is one which often paralyzes me because I think “Why bother? I can’t get it all done anyway”. (Yes, I know, not the most productive thought in the world.)

“What’s your next step?”  How could I possibly synthesize all that I aspired to do into ONE single solitary step?  The prompt didn’t ask what my next steps plural were, but my next step, singular.

As soon as I started writing however, clarity came. It’s amazing what happens when I put fingers to keyboard. I know what my next step is. I’ve known it for a while because I’ve started doing it over the past couple of weeks.


Clearly the overwhelm ain’t going away!  My list of things I’d like to accomplish in 2011 is massive and all this reflection I’m doing  is making it grow even faster than usual.

So now that I’ve resigned myself to the fact there will always be a billion and one things I want to achieve and experience,  I need a way to organize it all into some kind of system that helps me move forward.

Perhaps then I can spend a little less time looking and feeling like this:

My secret weapon for organizing? The  Getting Things Done (GTD) methodolgy created by David Allen.

I have read this book many times over the past few years and have made a number of attempts at implementing it. I’ve never fully committed to the system, but even from my half-hearted attempts I know that were I to use it 100% it could totally change my life.

So… my next step is to fully implement the GTD methodolgy and use it to organize everything I want to accomplish across all areas of my life.

Easy right?

I’ll let you know.

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