The Pursuit of Mastery

The Pursuit of Mastery Productivity Has Changed My Life Not The Type Of Productivity Understood As A Series Of Tricks That Let You Do Some Things With Less Effort And Buy Some Time, But Productivity Understood As A Philosophy Of Life Let Me Explain I Am One Of Those People Who Has Always Felt Comfortable Surrounded With Some Sort Of Organizational Stuff When I Was 10 Years Old, I Was Given A Plastic Pocket Diary With A Colored Divider For Each Of My School Subjects As Well As A Blank Section In Which I Could Let My Creativity Run Free I Loved To Write And Draw Anything I Could Think Of, And Write Down Notes About The Homework My Teachers Gave Me And Oh Yes It Was A Great Pleasure To Cross Out The Things I Had Completed, The Ideas That Had Become A Reality, Or Those That Were Simply No Longer Interesting To Me Years Later, I Earned A Degree In Computer Science, And Have Been Developing Software For The Last 20 Years As A Programmer, Analyst, Consultant, And Project Manager, I Have Always Looked For Ways To Improve My Personal Productivity And Work Efficiently So I Can Have Time For The Other Things I Care About In My Life You Know What They Say Programmers Work Long Hours Designing Stuff That Keeps Them From Having To Work Long Hours I Love Programming, But I Also Love Playing Sports, Going To Concerts, Traveling, And Spending All The Time I Can With My Daughter It Was Not Until Five Years Ago That I Began To Perceive Productivity As Something Deeper, Something That Goes Far Beyond Simply Staying Well Organized At The Time, I Was Working As A Project Manager For A Software Development Company And My Life Was Really Painful I Was Managing Projects Than I Could Handle, And Consequently, Was Receiving Phone Calls And Emails Constantly Both In The Office And At Home No Matter If It Was A Weekend Or Not To Put It Simply, I Felt Completely Overwhelmed Nobody Teaches Us To Be Productive Some Of Us Simply Try To Be Better Some Of Us Try To Figure Out Ways To Escape This Rat Race In Which We Live And As Part Of That Process, We Read, We Study, And We Put Into Practice New Ways Of Doing Things Actually, Though, If We Adjust Our Thinking Slightly, We Are Not Seeking Simply To Be Productive, We Are Seeking To Live A Meaningful Life Fortunately, On A Work Trip To The U.S I Found David Allen S Book Getting Things Done, And Began To See A Way Out Of My Overwhelming Plight I Have To Admit That Implementing The Getting Things Done GTD Methodology In My Life Required Some Major Effort Changing Habits Is Not Easy But Taking These Efforts To Improve My Overall Productivity Not Only Helped Me Organize My Work And Make It Bearable, It Actually Ended Up Teaching Me To Connect My Everyday Actions With The Bigger Picture Of My Life, My Long Term Goals, And My Responsibilities It Taught Me Not To Give Up On My Personal Life, Or To Compromise It For The Sake Of My Work It Taught Me To Understand The Difference Between Being Busy And Being Productive It Taught Me To Say No To Things That Do Not Drive Me Anywhere It Taught Me To Feel Satisfied Even When I M Doing Something I May Not Necessarily Enjoy All That Much Because I Know It S Something That Will Help Me Get Closer To Some Significant Goal That S Important To Me To Sum It All Up, It Taught Me To Run My Own Life And Through This Experience I Learned That Productivity Isn T Only A Means To Greater Efficiency, It S An Entire Lifestyle It S A Way Of Focusing Our Everyday Lives On What We Really Care About, And By Doing So, Making It Much Likely That Our Lives Will Be Filled With Happiness.