Years ago, when I first read David Allen’s Getting Things Done®, I was AMAZED at how every idea, paper, project, etc. had a final spot to land inside the system he described. Up until that point, I felt like there was a never-ending line of “piles” that I had to create to hold everything in my head/life, and finding a way to put a cap on that (and make it feel DOABLE) changed my life.
Since then, I’ve been teaching people around the globe how to build what I call a STEP Command Central. I’ve adapted it from what I learned from David Allen–and I’ve been “ringing the Command Central bell” for more than a decade because I truly believe if there were a Command Central on every desk, the world would be transformed.
We just completed the second week of our Four Weeks to Finished program (which is now closed, but we have a waitlist linked at the bottom of this page, if you’d like to join that!), and I can’t even tell you how proud I am of our members. (We call them “Finishers”!)
These first two weeks of the program have been pretty intense, but our community and team have been absolute champs. There’s a lot of “newness” going on for all of us. Our members are learning how to actually build each part of the Command Central and then make the parts work together, and our team has been learning how to best support our members in ways that bring immediate results and relief–but also sets them up for long-term, sustained success.
Here’s an update from our last class…
We started with a review of what they learned the previous week and explained where we wanted them to be at that point:
- You have a Current Projects List – paper or digital, 1-8 projects, posted (or front and center) and feeling great.
- You have a Context-Based Next Actions List (paper or digital) that has a maximum of 7 contexts (where your body is at the time), and you have that list populated with a SHORT list of tasks that will move your life and projects forward that week.
- You have one calendar with your appointments and date-specific tasks, and it is open enough that you actually want to look at it.
- You have a basic routines list with the CORE routines you need to do daily, weekly, monthly, etc. and you have them posted (or front and center/easily accessible).
- You have a mind sweep that we’ll work on later today!
Then we reviewed their homework assignments and walked through the basics on each part.
● Build each additional part of your STEP Command Central in a VERY basic way (Capture Tool, Inbox, Waiting List, Goals Section, Read & Review Basket, Initial Filing Cabinet, Support Materials, Tickler, Someday, and Incubation).
● Process your mind sweep into the Command Central using the Flowchart/8 questions provided inside the STEP program.
● Keep up the habits you started in Week 1, referring to your calendar, Next Actions List, and Routines List.
Then we had Q&A for a little over an hour, and I can’t tell you how much I love this community.
We have been running LearnDoBecome for nearly 7 years, and while I’ve done lots of Facebook lives, Zoom calls, webinars, videos, podcasts, etc., it has all been one-way (and then chat/comments). I’ve seen pictures of people on their Facebook profiles, but getting to talk back and forth on a video call is still so amazing to me. 🙂 And the questions were SO GOOD.
Here are a few stories from the week that I think will help you:
I am so, so grateful for the chance to work with this incredible team and community. Thank you for the energy and love you bring! I honestly believe that as we work together, we can help the world get out of the overwhelm.
Video Tour of a STEP Command Central
8 Processing Questions Podcast
A STEP Command Central on Every Desk (Podcast)
Four Weeks to Finished Waitlist
Free Training, How to Finally Stop Drowning in Piles – Sign Up Here!
Oh April, as the tears roll down my face, I feel such a connection to you and your values. I am so happy you are able to talk about God freely and share your relationship with God Almighty. As a yoga teacher, I was made to feel uncomfortable using the word God in my classes and teachings because of offending someone. For me, yoga was about spirituality and a way of life. I was fortunate enough to teach at a Mercy Health Center run by a hospital and felt free to mention God during my relaxation period. You are an inspiration to me and our world! Listening to you today made me realize God put you on this beautiful Earth as an Angel and Guide. As a divorced mother, I now realize my children were neglected, but I also know I did the best I could at that time. I love this program and you. Know that this will be life-changing for me. Your sincerity and passion to help others is a Blessing! In truth and love, Joan
April Perry says
Joan, this made my day. ❤️ Thank you for your kind words and for all the good you are doing in the world. We love this community and are so grateful to be a part of it. Sending so much love!!
Hi, can April share her routine list and kind sweep list as she mentioned on the podcast. I’d love to learn from her routines.
Taryn Wood says
Hi Nisha! April shares her routines in the download available on this podcast, https://learndobecome.com/episode80/. And the mind sweep list is inside our Steps To Everyday Productivity program. We’d love to support you there if it feels like a good fit for you!