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Last night a DA saved my life

Changing home is always a shock.  Moving to a new house is the third most traumatic thing after death and divorce, experts said. Moving to another country is not easier, even if you wish it. You need to do a lot of paperwork, find a house, open a bank account, register at the town council, buy a stable Internet connection and, yes, find a doctor.

If you are a freelance, you may also need to register for VAT or open a new company in the country you are going to pay your taxes.

Now I am the owner and director of Financial Translation Hub Ltd.

New habits, new language, new faces around me.

I like it. Though it involves a lot of work and appointments. A lot of things to buy, to arrange, to do.

A few years ago, when I found myself overwhelmed by tasks and did not know from where to start, I discovered the GTD method. Today, after some years of practice, David Allen is saving my life for the second time. Or maybe the third.

Thanks to GTD, I have some spare time to write this blog!

Things are not perfect, yet. I need to improve, but the Getting-Things-Done approach helped me to clear my mind and decide my list of “priorities”. Hopefully, it may help other people who find themselves oppressed by tasks, ideas, appointments and really need to stop and reset.

It includes time management tips, but this is only a small part of it. You need to change your attitude. GTD helped me to clarify my objectives, collect ideas and tasks, both in my personal and professional life, and review them on a regular basis.

  “Your mind is like this water, my friend. When it is agitated, it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.” Bil Kean

Yoga teaches us to be fully present in the moment, to be able to react to the outside world appropriately. First, you need to calm your mind, to empty it, to let things go. Easier said than done. But we can practise.

If you feel the same – overwhelmed – overloaded and distracted by too many inputs, and you need to regain control on your world… I would suggest watching – and rewatching – this video.

Then, I would read David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done”, and read his posts, like this one on “mind like water”.

For a reference whenever you need it, you can visit this pragmatic summary or watch this animated summary.

You do not need complex software, you can start with pen and paper. I used a couple of applications. Now I use Wunderlist and I find it is simple and straightforward. They are all similar and flexible anyway.

Yes, sometimes I still procrastinate. Especially when I do not like what I am doing.

And my goal is to do what I like… as much as possible.

In the end, I get things done, period.