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David Allen on the Best Software for GTD – Self Improvement Article

Hi Folks,This post is for any of you who have ever asked, “What’s the best software tool with which to do GTD?”I’m still buzzing myself from the recent global GTD Summit in Amsterdam. So many people from around the world; so much positive, supportive energy from everyone to anyone engaged. Wow. Quite a unique experience for me, and from what I’ve heard from all involved.One topic I wanted to address at the Summit was: “Where is the GTD app?” in…

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What Science Says About Stress, Cognition, and Clarity – Self Improvement Article

Your head is a terrible office. Your mind evolved to do incredible stuff—like stay alive in the desert or jungle. In fact, you’re benefiting from its evolved capacities right now: without effort, you recognize patterns and store and retrieve information to make sense of the myriad inputs coming at you twenty-four seven. You can look around and think, “That’s a chair, that’s a computer, that’s a person,” instead of perceiving each as simply multifarious vibrations of light and sound. Computers…

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Building a Productivity Jungle – Getting Things Done® – Self Improvement Article

The GTD Summit kicks off in just seven weeks! We are in the midst of finalizing our program and I am excited to announce that Emily Gregory of VitalSmarts will be joining our incredible lineup. She’s going to be sharing insights on effectively managing 10,000+ people. As well as our stage content, we have been working on an exciting part of the event that we’re calling the “Productivity Jungle.” There you’ll be able to meet 12 curated companies demonstrating their innovative…

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10 Reasons GTD is Like Karate – Self Improvement Article

For years I have woven the martial arts metaphor in and through my writing, training and coaching about the Getting Things Done® methodology. I had the good fortune to be able to study karate for several years in my twenties, and my familiarity with that field gave me a rich context of images and concepts to draw from. I didn’t fully appreciate, however, much of what getting my black belt gave me until later in life. Over the years I…

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Two themes for the GTD Summit – Self Improvement Article

Date: Monday, February 25, 2019 by GTD Times Staff The global GTD Summit we’re organizing for this coming June has two primary themes, neither of which is about working harder or longer, or motivating yourself in any kind of “rah, rah!” way. They are: The strategic value of clear space, and There are no problems, only projects In my experience the essential aspects of being in a productive state are having a clear head and being appropriately engaged with the object…

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Episode #48: Installing GTD in an Organization – Self Improvement Article

Date: Monday, March 11, 2019 by GTD Times Staff Jason Atwood has built Getting Things Done into his company from the start. Listen as he shares with David Allen about starting Arkus, a Salesforce consulting firm, well after his own GTD practice was on a solid foundation. Beyond encouraging his employees to adopt GTD, he provides them with ongoing tools and support. During the onboarding period, he even meets with new employees to answer questions and refine their GTD implementation.…

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Completing and Creating – Getting Things Done® – Self Improvement Article

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 by GTD Times Staff Seems that we’re here on the planet to learn about and do two things—complete and create. We are responsible for what we have put into motion on all levels, and we must manage the process of what we are putting into motion every moment. I work with people and organizations about both aspects. Complete means getting control of all those things into which we have invested our attention and commitments. The…

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Make it up and make it happen – Self Improvement Article

There are only two problems in life. Isn’t that nice to know? You only have two things you ever need to be concerned about. Not only are there only two problems—they are really quite simple. Ready? Problem #1: You know what you want, and you don’t know how to get it. Problem #2: You don’t know what you want. Anything you can define as a problem can be reduced to one or both of those statements. Now, since there are…

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Episode #49: David Allen Talks with Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez – Self Improvement Article

Date: Monday, April 15, 2019 by GTD Times Staff Join David Allen for an intriguing discussion about leadership and the architecture of story, with Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez. They came to fame when they created the presentations that Al Gore used in speeches for several years before An Inconvenient Truth won the Academy Award for best documentary. Their book is Illuminate, “a road-map to help leaders move people to embrace bold visions and carry them forward.” They describe five…

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10 Reasons GTD is Like Karate – Self Improvement Article

For years I have woven the martial arts metaphor in and through my writing, training and coaching about the Getting Things Done® methodology. I had the good fortune to be able to study karate for several years in my twenties, and my familiarity with that field gave me a rich context of images and concepts to draw from. I didn’t fully appreciate, however, much of what getting my black belt gave me until later in life. Over the years I…

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Technology and Productivity – Getting Things Done® – Self Improvement Article

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 by GTD Times Staff How does technology affect your productivity? Despite my thirty-five years of consulting, coaching, and training in hundreds of organizations, I don’t have an easy answer to that question. The digital tools we need and like require more intensive labor than they should. It would be great to have a digital dashboard that integrated all apps, allowed you to manipulate information in a single location, and then sent the revised data back…

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Episode #50: David Allen Talks with Brian Robertson – Self Improvement Article

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by GTD Times Staff This is a fascinating, wide-ranging conversation between David Allen and Brian Robertson. They discuss how we as humans relate to our own attention, and how the increasing complexity of our work environment has necessitated that we get stuff off our minds. They point out multiple common threads between Getting Things Done for individuals and Holacracy for organizations. They also consider what happens after your personal system and your organization’s system are…

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Building a Productivity Jungle – Getting Things Done® – Self Improvement Article

Date: Monday, May 06, 2019 by GTD Times Staff The GTD® Summit kicks off in just seven weeks! We are in the midst of finalizing our program and I am excited to announce that Emily Gregory of VitalSmarts will be joining our incredible lineup. She’s going to be sharing insights on effectively managing 10,000+ people. As well as our stage content, we have been working on an exciting part of the event that we’re calling the “Productivity Jungle.” There you’ll be…

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Dealing with Free-Floating Anxiety – Getting Things Done®

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by GTD Times Staff One of the Greatest Challenges One of the greatest challenges to keeping an empty head is maintaining the drill of processing our interactions to closure. In the course of our day, we often generate much more value-added thinking and agreements with ourselves and others than we realize, especially in the context of conversations and communications. Whom have you talked with in the last 24 hours—personally and professionally? What did you tell…

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Episode #47: David Allen Kicks Off the GTD Summit

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by GTD Times Staff This episode of our podcast is from David Allen’s opening talk at the GTD Summit in 2009. We’ve just announced the 2019 GTD Summit, and we’d love to see you there. Get all the details at gtdsummit.com.      Subscribe or Download to GTD Podcasts iTunesStitcherLibsynGoogle Play MusicSpotifySoundCloud   (function() { var _fbq = window._fbq || (window._fbq = []); if (!_fbq.loaded) { var fbds =… This is only a snippet…

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Episode #44: GTD for Creative People

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 by GTD Times Staff Musician Evan Taubenfeld and entertainment lawyer Danny Passman join David Allen and Coach Kelly Forrister in an inspiring conversation about GTD for creative people. Lots of wonderful nuggets in this episode about finding the creative spark within the structure of a GTD system.   Listen Now—GTD for Creative People    Subscribe or Download to GTD Podcasts iTunesStitcherLibsynGoogle Play MusicSpotifySoundCloud (function() { … This is only a snippet of a Self…

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Where should I start with GTD?

People worldwide are discovering the Getting Things Done® methodology; and often I’m asked, “Where should I start with GTD?!” They have either read the book, been to a course, heard about it on a podcast or from a friend; and they have sufficient inspiration or at least curiosity to test it out. But because there are multiple aspects and components of the GTD approach, they’re feeling a bit lost about how to engage, to begin with. It’s also a question…

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Getting things off your mind

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 by GTD Times Staff Even very important things can be on cruise control and not on your mind. If your attention is being grabbed, then there’s almost an inverse relationship there. The degree to which your attention is being grabbed is the degree to which you are not free to place your attention where and how you want to. So, if nothing else, it’s just a pure practical idea that, if you can get rid…

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What should you do? – Getting Things Done®

Date: Monday, October 29, 2018 by GTD Times Staff What should you do?  With many choices you are given moment-to-moment, what should you do? There are five steps in the Mastering Workflow model of GTD®: Capture, clarify, organize, reflect, and engage. So which step is most important? How do you decide whether to collect stuff, process an inbox, organize your work, reflect on all of your choices, or just do something? The decision comes back to a key concept in…

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GTD Summit in Amsterdam – Getting Things Done®

GTD is learned behavior We are not born knowing how to deal with things that we need to think about. What we need to think about, and how we need to think about it, in the most effective way, are learned behaviors. Our brains evolved to respond, highly effectively, in the present, to a perceived situation. There’s a bear coming toward me, a thunderstorm emerging, a baby crying, and I’m hungry. Your brain is still doing that for you. Actually, it…

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When did email become my job?

Date: Friday, November 02, 2018 by GTD Times Staff Question: At what point did answering e-mail become my job? David Allen: Well, at what point did answering anything—your mail, having conversations in your hallway—become your job? It’s all your job. You just have to decide what your work is. As the late, great Peter Drucker said, that’s your biggest job, to define what your work is. So how do you define what your work is, and therefore should you be…

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