‘ÅŒpala ‘ole and your Personal Productivity

Update: The MWA3P Project subscriptions are no longer available. However you can still access the information and conversations we’ve had here on Talking Story about MWA3P by clicking on that category link.

June 03, 2005

Aloha mai kākou,

Increased personal productivity is a constant goal for all of us, isn’t it. Life seems to get more complex each day, and we have a lot to handle.

On Wednesday I had emailed you with our June Ho’ohana on ‘ÅŒpala ‘ole, a theme of clearing out some clutter this month as an intermediary goal, so we can more effectively tackle the larger goals we may have set for ourselves in 2005: By the time it ends, I want to help you feel this was a year where you succeeded with what you’ve set your sights on.

It is time to get things done

A second item in my Ho’ohana Newsletter was the recommendation to look into David Allen’s Getting Things Done. In my opinion, Allen’s time management/ personal productivity system has reached a tipping point in business-speak today, especially in articles written for the internet. I’ve looked into it, I’ve read his book, and I’ve started to incorporate what he suggests.

Yesterday I did a follow-up article which examines how the productivity teachings of Stephen Covey and David Allen intersect and synchronize: As I see it, Allen is bringing fresh attention to Covey’s timeless principles, and what is attractive to me in particular, is his knowledge of our new electronic communications so we can integrate the two effectively into our busy lives. Here’s a link to yesterday’s article:  Why GTD reminds me of the 7 Habits.

This is the purpose of my email:

Read yesterday’s article for a clearer perspective on where I am in my thinking about these two masters’ synchronicity. Then, let me know if you plan to read Allen’s book, or have, and are already using his system, and you want to receive more frequent email notices from me this month as I proceed with my own incorporation of what he teaches.

Basically I’m inviting you to be a fly on the wall to my own personal productivity integration and thought processes this month. (Or a coach willing to help out the rest of us — I know I’m a fairly late arrival to GTD.)

No assignments, no homework; You make your own proactive decisions, and hold yourself accountable for them. However I don’t want to send emails to people who don’t want them. If you are a regular RSS user, I’m not planning to put everything about this on Talking Story.

This is how you let me know if you’re interested:

1. Start the email subscription process by typing your email address in the box on this page which says, Join the Say Leadership Coaching mailing list. Click the Go button.

2. You’ll be taken to a screen where you can update your preferences with me. You can sign up for the other stuff there if you want  to, but for this particular project,

3. Under Your Interests, click off Rosa’s Covey GTD Time Management Project.

4. Hit the Submit button at the bottom of the screen. It is a double opt-in process, and you’ll get an email back to verify your subscription.

Sidebar: If you are an email subscriber but you are reading this first (my emails are generally set for morning Hawaii PT) you might want to wait for the email and use that link — it’s a step or two shorter.

By the way, this coaching is absolutely free. Although I am very confident this will be a good thing, I can’t charge you for what I haven’t actually done yet! We’ll be learning as we go, together. As with all my emails, you can opt-out at any time you’re no longer interested: there’s a convenient one-click link on every message you get from me.

Your Next Action:

Don’t procrastinate! I have already drafted my first email for the project, and will send it out on Monday.

If you have friends or coworkers you feel might be interested in this, feel free to tell them too.

Leave a comment here or email me if you have questions. Let’s ‘ÅŒpala ‘ole, clear out the clutter, and GTD, get things done. There’s only so much time in each day; "managing" it is about making the proactive choices on what you do with it.

Me ke aloha, a hui hou,

Rosa Say

Say Leadership Coaching

Postscript: With this post I’ve set up a new category here on Talking Story for Personal Productivity/ Time Management.



  1. says

    Covey and Allen

    Rosa’s onto something here: creating a combo Covey and Allen productivity tool. She’s still thinking through all the details and has invited others to help. I’ve actually been thinking of something similar–combining GTD and Farrazzi’s Never Eat Alone….

  2. says

    GTD 7 Habits MWA = MWA3P

    I’ve always been one to listen to my instincts, and it seems they’ve been pretty good lately. Some of you may recall this passage from my book, Managing with Aloha: “Na‘au is one’s gut feelings and intuition. Some [kÅ«puna, the