David Allen Quotes

If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves. David Allen

You can do anything, but not everything. David Allen

Anything that causes you to overreact or under react can control you, and often does. David Allen

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them. David Allen

Everything you’ve told yourself you ought to do, your mind thinks you should do right now. Frankly, as soon add you have two things to do stored in your RAM, you’ve generated personal failure, because you can’t do two things at the same time. This produces an all-pervasive stress factor whose source can’t be pin-pointed. David Allen

Anxiety is caused by a lack of control, organization, preparation, and action. David Allen

Almost every project could be done better, and an infinite quantity of information is now available that could make that happen. David Allen

You don’t actually do a project; you can only do action steps related to it. When enough of the right action steps have been taken, some situation will have been created that matches your initial picture of the outcome closely enough that you can call it “done.” David Allen

Most people feel best about their work the week before their vacation, but it’s not because of the vacation itself. What do you do the last week before you leave on a big trip? You clean up, close up, clarify, and renegotiate all your agreements with yourself and others. I just suggest that you do this weekly instead of yearly. David Allen

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

You can fool everyone else, but you can’t fool your own mind. David Allen

What we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding. David Allen

The great secret about goals and visions is not the future they describe but the change in the present they engender. David Allen

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the way out is through. David Allen

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

Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax. David Allen

The value of goals is not in the future they describe, but the change in perception of reality they foster. David Allen

It is a tricky business to know when you should set goals and objectives in order to achieve a focus, and when you would be better off dealing with the acceptance and management of your current reality so you can later step into new directions and responsibilities with greater stability and clarity. Only you will know the answer to that, and only in the moment. David Allen


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