5 things which are worthy of attention

So here are 5 things which I have had some of my attention over the last month:

1. David Allen‘s Getting Things Done – one of the all-time bestselling books on productivity, the catalyst of the worldwide GTD movement, many of us have read this, I decided it was time to re-read it and re-commit to certain aspects of my practice.  Next-action thinking on  projects or ‘stuff’ which has been hanging around for a while.

2. David Allen‘s Making It All Work – just started on this, will report back.  Under advice, skipping the first section which covers the GTD phenomenon worldwide and focussing on his teachings on perspective and control.  My challenge is to stay out of crazy maker and bring control and follow through to big and many project ideas.

3. TaskRabbit.com – set to launch in the UK in due course – a marketplace for people who want tasks done and people who want to do tasks.  You can sign up here for London Taskrabbit launch.

4. The Mystery Experience – the latest book from my good friend Tim Freke – Tim’s style is really engaging and almost like he is in a dialogue with you.  The breadth of his understanding of different spiritual traditions is vast.  Light treatment of a serious subject.  Recommended.

5. The 3 instincts – Gurdjieff talked about the three animal instincts we all have (self-preservation, sexual and social) and how one of these tends to get most of our attention and one tends to function as a blind spot. I have been paying more attention to my self-preservation needs of ‘maintaining a base of operation’ and the balance between activity and rest.  Great to do some more study with Russ Hudson of the Enneagram Institute on the balance of the instincts in late May.

(Jack Butler and Russ Hudson at Eremo del Carmelo Center, Cassano Valcuvia, in the beautiful Italian Alps)

 

 

About Jack Butler

Jack Butler is a social entrepreneur, coach, workshop leader and speaker. His latest venture provides full spectrum human development through coaching, programmes and other development resources for leaders and entrepreneurs. He founded Future Foundations (www.future-foundations.co.uk), a leading youth personal development training organization. He is a professional member of the International Enneagram Association and a former fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Jack was the IAB 2007 Young Entrepreneur of the Year runner-up and took a double first class degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Jack spends his time between London and Brighton in the UK and Boulder, CO and the Bay Area in the US. In his spare time, he enjoys physical challenges (3 Peaks Challenge 2010, Tresco Marathon 2006) and supporting The Simultaneous Policy Organisation (www.simpol.org.uk). He is a Partner in Passion and Purpose of the Grubb Guild, a voracious reader of personal, cultural and spiritual development, and likes to inquire, journal, travel and write.
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