Then, moved to working with multinational corporations, where I progressively broadened my career trajectory as a manager, a software architect and as an executive. I scored plum projects along the way and 360-degree, top-rated year-end appraisals were proof of my success for my personal brand.
My portfolio grew and I became highly successful but not without being increasingly stressed, at the same time. I was attempting the seemingly impossible task of, in Paul Graham’s words, rolling the Maker’s Schedule and Manager’s Schedule together into one. I was afraid of disappointing stakeholders, as I had never let them down before. And I was determined to ensure that the excess workload didn’t dilute my brand. This struggle resulted in long working hours, stress and work-life balance issues. Desperate for a solution, I spent time seriously researching and evaluating several personal productivity methods. During this process, I found many good practices, but the complete and foolproof solution was only found in the GTD (Getting things Done) method. GTD is a time management method, described in the book of the same title by productivity consultant David Allen.