David Allen Explains The Power Of Taking Action

David Allen Explains The Power Of Taking Action

You may have heard the saying, “you eat an elephant one bite at a time.” Even if the metaphor makes you a little queasy, the point is a valid one: to tackle something big, you just have to start. Productivity guru David Allen makes a similar point about how powerful taking action is.

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In his book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, author and productivity guru David Allen discusses his “next-action technique“, which basically involves taking action with one task to empower you to get to the next task. He writes:

We are already powerful, but deciding on and effectively managing the physical actions required to move things forward seems to exercise that power in ways that call for the more positive aspects of our nature.

When you start to make things happen, you begin to believe that you can make things happen. And that makes things happen.

In other words, action leads to momentum, and momentum is powerful. It’s a motivating reminder if you’re stuck on a problem or you’re faced with a project or task that seems overwhelming. For more insight, head to the link below.


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