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Get Things Done: What Stops Smart People Achieving More and How You Can Change by Robert Kelsey

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Planning for Freedom

Plans are the easy bit. Honest. Execution is the difficult bit; and even that's a lot easier with some strong planning. Also, notice what's happened here: an easy bit of planning has eased us into some doable execution – and on we go until the next bit of required planning. Too often we try to kickstart our endeavours with some frantic activity, which relies on our willpower to keep going. Willpower that soon collides with a small setback – or interruption – and disappears, almost as quickly as it's conjured.

Instead, we should kick-start our new endeavours, not with frantic activity – or ‘busy-ness’ as Stephen Covey calls it in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989) – but with manic planning. And if we get distracted ...

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