Slow and Steady

Friday, October 05, 2007

Scott Powell some time ago introduced me to the valuable work of personal productivity guru David Allen, whose advice has helped me get all manner of little, annoying things out of the way of what I really want or need to spend my time doing. One theme has resonated with me from my initial acquaintance with Allen, through my efforts to implement his ideas, and to the present, when I am beginning to see his system and my discipline really begin to pay off: Slow and steady wins the race.

A couple of weeks ago, Powell picked up on this very theme, but not from the nitty-gritty level of the trenches as he did when recommending Getting Things Done. Rather, he takes a benevolent (and humorous) look through the media of poetry and modern technology at an achievement whose progress he has enthusiastically followed for quite some time.

To see what I mean, read "It Couldn't Be Done", by Edgar A. Guest (aka, "The Poet of the People") over at his blog, and follow the links!

And for those of us contemplating difficult goals, but still at something of an impasse as to how, exactly, to reach them, I recommend taking a look at Dan Edge's post, Start a Journal, Make a List, and Check It Twice". I find that his post and the Edgar Guest poem complement each other very nicely.

-- CAV


Galileo Blogs said...

Slow and steady is advice I find very helpful. It is much more effective than relying just on periodic bursts of energy to get things done.

Inspiring poem by Guest. Thanks to Scott Powell originally for pointing it out.

Gus Van Horn said...


I would have to say that his blog has been one of the most profitable ones to follow, at least for me.

Manny said...

wyomcvaxBravo on your “slow and steady” post. I think that there is sometimes a disconnect between how we want to “feel”, and what we actually have to “do”. It is not always easy to adjust the pace of the mind to the pace of the task.

Gus Van Horn said...

I think a huge part of that equation is getting to a situation in which what you want is a major part of what you are doing most of the time.