I picked up a book today that I haven't looked at in quite a while and was reminded how much its content and principles have really changed my life. It's called Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by author David Allen.
The greatest concept that I walked away with from this book was the idea that our minds are not made to be cluttered. If a task or situation is constantly on your mind and driving you crazy, then your mind isn't clear. And if your mind isn't clear, your creativity and clear thinking will be hindered.
Another thing that I pulled away from the book was how vital it is to clarify your commitment to a task or project and deciding what has to be done to make progress towards getting it done.
And then there's the 2 minute rule that says - if it can be done in 2 minutes or less, do it now! If not, either delegate it or defer it. But never, ever ignore something that can be done in 2 minutes or less. (This changed the way I do email...)
A couple of years ago I walked our entire staff through his principles and it made a huge difference in our productivity and organization. But I'm also realizing that it's time for a refresher!
If you have trouble being organized or getting your work done - go to Amazon right now and get this book. It will change your life.