Every week at Praxis, participants and alumni gather for Praxis Wednesdays, weekly group sessions designed to hone intellectual ability and build practical skills applicable to the professional world. These sessions cover everything from academic subjects — philosophy, history, and economics — to technical skills participants can use in their careers — such as writing, marketing, sales, communication, organization, and general business proficiency. Many weeks we’re joined by guest speakers, and other weeks we engage in open dialogue and debate.
This week we were joined by Praxis advisor Amanda Grimmett for a session on Getting Shit Done. Here’s the rundown!
About the Guest: Amanda Grimmett has always been a planner and an organizer, and she’s a master of organizational systems. She currently works for a rapidly growing hospitality company in NYC, where she started as an Event Manager in 2013 and now works as the company’s first Community Manager.
Amanda’s Getting Shit Done system is her take on the classic 5-part Getting Things Done system.
In her workshop, Amanda covered:
- Procrastination (why you DON’T get shit done)
- Productivity (how you DO get shit done)
- Systematic ways to move through your to-do list
- The Getting Things Done (GTD) method
- Online resources
- Ways to engineer your work day
Amanda said we procrastinate for one of four reasons:
- because I don’t know where to start
- I don’t want to
- I don’t know how to do the work
- I’m afraid to fail
Amanda then talked about the best ways to knock out procrastination and start making progress. Her top recommendation is to block off time in your schedule to work on a project — just put it on your calendar! She’s also a proponent of the Pomodoro Technique.
The GTD method (and Amanda’s GSD take) is broken into three parts:
- dump — list out everything. Get it all out of your brain.
- sort — group things into buckets (categories/like things).
- work — divide tasks into sections and time blocks, adhere to your schedule, and get it done
Throughout the call, Amanda did live workshopping of participants’ projects, creating strategies to start executing and making progress. Amanda also created a group around the GSD Method in our private Facebook Workplace community, where call attendees can share progress and insights as they start to implement these concepts into their lives and work.
“Staying on track before you even get off track is half of the battle.” — Amanda Grimmett
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