They grow up and do extraordinary things.
I encourage everyone I coach and mentor to teach productive practices (whether mine or others’) to their colleagues, friends, and family. Some of you were surprised to learn I started teaching these to my children when they were three!
Last June, David Allen (my mentor) invited my daughter and me to speak at the global GTD Summit in Amsterdam.
This event featured dozens of notable speakers, experts, and innovators from around the world, including productivity experts David Covey and Marshall Goldsmith, former NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, and bestselling author Dan Pink.
While there, Wendy and I spoke on a panel with David on the topic of raising children with productive principles — not to turn them into box-checking machines, but to give them freedom to accomplish whatever they want.
You might find Wendy’s perspective on all this inspiring, as she shared what it was like growing up learning how to get the right things done in a freeing way.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments: What productive, time-saving, value-creating skills have you learned from (or taught to) your family?