Getting Things Done

IMG_2178Getting Things Done by David Allen has been on my reading list for years. From the moment I heard about it, I knew it was a book I needed to read but never got around to it. Now as a director of a department, I owed it to my team to learn how to get things done and to remain stress free.

“You need to set up systems and tricks that get you to think about your projects and situation more frequently, more easily, and in more depth.”

Within just a few weeks of reading the book, I’ve been able to reach some pretty big goals of mine. There were so many times when I was about to give up on a step to a big project but knew if I kept going, I’d have the joy of marking it off my list. Getting Things Done helped break down the to-do list into simple questions: Can I do this in less than two minutes? What’s the next action?

“No matter how big and tough a problem may be, get rid of confusion by taking one little step towards the solution. Do something.” George F. Nordenholt

It also allowed me to share what I learned with my team. When David Allen recommended creating physical file folders, at first I thought it was old-fashion but as I put his advice to practice, I noticed how ready I was to answer questions, give information, and easily switch gears from project to project. The goal is to free up your mind to do more proactive and creative thinking, to think less about what you need to do and to think more about the things you need to do.

A vision without a task is but a dream, a task without a vision is drudgery, a vision and a task is the hope of the world.” From a church in Sussex, England 1730

Discovering when my energy level was at its highest and lowest has helped me tattle the projects more affectedly. Mornings for me is when my brain is the most active, so that’s when its best to learn something new, work with numbers, or brainstorm. Using every minute of the day to keep getting things done, whether its reaching a goal, making your deadlines at work or making time to spend with the people you love, it all can be done by taking the time to learn how to plan and prepare.

“People are always blaming their circumstance for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them” George Bernard Shaw

Stop worrying about what you need to do, and create a to-do list – everyday. 🙂

 

Command D + Me

When I started editing for church the only thing I was worried about was me and my deadline. I’d often joke that I needed to clone myself. I remember working with other young editors and seeing them make mistakes while thinking, “they’ll learn.”

A lot has changed since then especially the way I work. I train others as if tomorrow I will not be there. I’ve learned that training other people will not only benefit me or them, but the team. I use to be hesitant to teach my job to others in fear of losing it but it took me years to learn, that is what suppose to happen. When I step out of my old position, I am able to move to a new level.

I now see each individual that is interested in learning production as an extra set of hands. Though it may seem easier to work alone, there are times when more than one person is necessary. The time it takes to teach another person will be time given ten times over in the future. In the video office, I want to create a culture of command D’ing. I am now training others to train others..  I love adding to the team, I enjoy witnessing a new comer give me a perfect shot.

When we teach others, it re-teach us and sharpen our skills.

On that occasion I have to critique, I then explain to them the ‘why’. The next time they are faced with a similar problem, they are able to find a solution on their own.

Though I wanted to command D+ me something better took place.. new artist and storytellers were born. And when its time to say good-bye to them. I can stand as a proud parent knowing that God is at work in their life and I was just a set of helping hands.

As you grow in skill and knowledge, also grow in number. Don’t try to do it all by yourself. Command Dimage*.

*command D is a short cut in After Effects that duplicates a layer.