Small things

The other day I noticed a small bunch of flowers that my wife put in our home office. Even though this was a small bunch, it had a very profound impact on the look and feel of the room. Somehow the room was more attractive, more welcoming, more bright.

This small observation got me to think about the world of work and productivity. I think and frankly I’ve experienced myself that seemingly small projects can propel your career or business light years ahead. 

There are many methods and processes we explore in order to keep productive and effective. We seek  systems or workflows that will drastically improve the way we work. But that’s difficult; it takes time and effort to shift thinking and habits from one style to another. Just imagine that implementing GTD® in full takes about 2 years.

Instead of trying to go all in and improve everything all at once, start small. Define what doesn’t work as a whole but approach it chunks. 
For those looking to implement GTD® check the Zen To Done posts which provide great overview on how to implement a simplified version of Getting Things Done methodology.

If you struggle with email look at ways to fix your inbox, see what’s not relevant that gets sent to you and unsubscribe. Look at filters and rules to automate filing, and learn keyboard shortcuts.

The same will apply to backlog of tasks or clutter in your rooms-tackling all of it in one go is difficult but taken in smaller pieces will be much easier and approachable.
Just like the small bunch of flowers can improve a whole room, a small change applied consistently can improve one’s life.