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David Allen Quotes

David Allen Quote: “You can do anything, but not everything.”
David Allen Quote: “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”
David Allen Quote: “If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”
David Allen Quote: “Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.”
David Allen Quote: “Small things done consistently, in strategic places, create major impact.”
David Allen Quote: “The hardest thing about being productive is not the work, but the split second it takes to decide to take control.”
David Allen Quote: “There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the way out is through.”
David Allen Quote: “Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax.”
David Allen Quote: “You can’t manage time, you actually only manage what you do during time. So the management issue is not so much about time, it’s more about how do you manage your focus, how do you manage your actions and your activities in terms of what you do.”
David Allen Quote: “If you’re at zero backlog, it’s a whole lot easier to change priorities.”
David Allen Quote: “There is no reason ever to have the same thought twice, unless you like having that thought.”
David Allen Quote: “The sense of anxiety and guilt doesn’t come from having too much to do; it’s the automatic result of breaking agreements with yourself.”
David Allen Quote: “It’s hard to be fully creative without structure and constraint. Try to paint without a canvas. Creativity and freedom are two sides of the same coin. I like the best of both worlds. Want freedom? Get organized. Want to get organized? Get creative.”
David Allen Quote: “You can fool everyone else, but you can’t fool your own mind.”
David Allen Quote: “There are no interruptions, only mismanaged inputs.”
David Allen Quote: “Use your mind to think about things, rather than think of them. You want to be adding value as you think about projects and people, not simply reminding yourself they exist.”
David Allen Quote: “If you don’t fall off the wagon regularly, you’re not playing a big enough game.”
David Allen Quote: “The ancestor of every action is a thought. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.”
David Allen Quote: “Creativity and freedom are two sides of the same coin. I like the best of both worlds.”
David Allen Quote: “When we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding.”
David Allen Quote: “The better you get, the better you better get.”
David Allen Quote: “The great secret about goals and visions is not the future they describe but the change in the present they engender.”
David Allen Quote: “First of all, if it’s on your mind, your mind isn’t clear. Anything you consider unfinished in any way must be captured in a trusted system outside your mind, or what I call a collection bucket, that you know you’ll come back to regularly and sort through.”
David Allen Quote: “You don’t actually do a project; you can only do action steps related to it.”
David Allen Quote: “The balance you have between drive and patience may be your master key to success.”
David Allen Quote: “The right amount of complexity is what creates the optimal simplicity.”
David Allen Quote: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. – Mark Twain.”
David Allen Quote: “In Ireland we have a very old saying, When you can see the mountains it’s going to rain and when you can’t see the mountains it’s raining.”
David Allen Quote: “I think positive stress is actually a good thing. It’s sort of the stretch goal “Wow, let me see how much faster I can run” or “Let me see how many more ideas I can generate in five minutes.””
David Allen Quote: “What you’ll tend to avoid doing is probably the most important thing you need to do because it’ll probably be the most daunting and the most potentially successful thing you could be doing and that’s usually out of people’s comfort zone.”
David Allen Quote: “Sometimes the biggest gain in productive energy will come from cleaning the cobwebs, dealing with old business, and clearing the desks – cutting loose debris that’s impeding forward motion.”
David Allen Quote: “If the only tool you have is a hammer, it’s hard to eat spaghetti.”
David Allen Quote: “A vision without a task is but a dream; a task without a vision is but drudgery; a vision and a task is the hope of the world. – From a church in Sussex, England, ca. 1730.”
David Allen Quote: “Why do people complain that there’s no time to get their work done? Because there is more work to do than the work they think they have to do.”
David Allen Quote: “Decide the outcome and the action step, put reminders of those somewhere your brain trusts youll see them at the right time, and listen to your brain breathe easier.”
David Allen Quote: “People allow themselves to get distracted; I think ultimately, probably the biggest thing that gets in the way of people doing what they ought to be doing at any point in time is distraction.”
David Allen Quote: “The reason that deadline actually can work very well for you is what it forces you to do is make decisions.”
David Allen Quote: “Trust yourself to do what you really feel like doing, and what you feel like doing will change. Don’t, and it will plague you.”
David Allen Quote: “Once a week, do a thorough review of all your projects in as much detail as you need to. If you do, your systems will work. If you don’t, no system will work.”
David Allen Quote: “Most people move actually into high performance in a crisis because that creates the kind of focus that creates high performance.”
David Allen Quote: “At at any point in time, knowing what has to get done, and when, creates a terrain for maneuvering.”
David Allen Quote: “Change – even change meant to improve our lives – creates stress. We can get comfortable with our problems.”
David Allen Quote: “Things rarely get stuck because of lack of time. They get stuck because the doing of them has not been defined.”
David Allen Quote: “You don’t manage priorities, you have them.”
David Allen Quote: “Anything that causes you to overreact or underreact can control you, and often does.”
David Allen Quote: “Your brain has an in-built mechanism for finding patterns you’ve programmed because of where you’ve put your attention. Solutions, innovations, and success come not from greater intelligence or creativity but from what we notice because of where we point those attributes.”
David Allen Quote: “Anything that does not belong where it is, is an “open loop” pulling on your attention.”
David Allen Quote: “Some people have to move, physically, to “get” something. But if you’re stuck in a chair, that’s not your limitation – it’s simply not an optimal condition for you.”
David Allen Quote: “The problem is, is when your focus is created by a crisis, then the frontal lobe shuts down essentially, the frontal cortex which is your intuitive intelligence. So you get very clever and very stupid in a crisis. Also, you pump adrenalin into your body from what you – physiologically you’ll crash.”
David Allen Quote: “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – Saint Francis of Assisi.”
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