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Podcast #543: Learn the System for Getting Things Done


Over ten years ago, I read the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. I’ve been using the tactics and strategies that he laid out in the book in managing tasks and, well, getting things done, ever since. David’s out with a new workbook to accompany his classic bestseller, and I have the pleasure to speak with him today about his philosophy and system for managing life. We begin our conversation discussing how David came up with the GTD system in the first place and how it differs from other time management systems out there. David then explains what the “mind like water” mantra is about and how the GTD system helps you clear your head. We then dig into the specific steps of getting things done, including capturing ideas, clarifying tasks into action, organizing those actions, reflecting on your action list, and, of course, taking action!

This is a time management system I can personally endorse, so if you’re not familiar with it or have fallen off the GTD wagon, I recommend giving this show a listen.

Show Highlights

  • The origins of the GTD system
  • What makes GTD different from other productivity/time management methods?
  • Why your head is a crappy office 
  • Recognizing what has your attention, and then capturing it 
  • Going from capturing to clarifying 
  • The two-minute rule 
  • Sorting all your various next actions 
  • Projects vs. actions 
  • What it means to “reflect and engage” 
  • The importance of daily and weekly reviews 
  • How couples and families can implement the GTD system 
  • What does GTD mastery look like?

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