Getting Things Done® (GTD®) is the proven path for getting in control of your world, and maintaining perspective in your life. Much more than a set of tips for time management and organization, GTD is a total work-life management system that transforms overwhelm into an integrated system of stress-free productivity. David Allen, inventor of the GTD methodology, is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity.


The heartbeat of GTD is five simple steps that apply order to chaos and provide you the space and structure to be more creative, strategic, and focused.

Use an in-tray, notepad, digital list, or voice recorder to capture everything that has your attention. Little, big, personal and professional—all your to-do’s, projects, things to handle or finish.

Take everything that you capture and ask: Is it actionable? If no, then trash it, incubate it, or file it as reference. If yes, decide the very next action required. If it will take less than two minutes, do it now. If not, delegate it if you can; or put it on a list to do when you can.

Put action reminders on the right lists. For example, create lists for the appropriate categories—calls to make, errands to run, emails to send, etc.

Look over your lists as often as necessary to trust your choices about what to do next. Do a weekly review to get clear, get current, and get creative.

Use your system to take appropriate actions with confidence.

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The Mastering Workflow Series

The Mastering Workflow Seminar Series is a productivity training program designed to improve both individual and organizational results. The series offers three instructional courses and follow up support for learners in achieving success with their implementation of the Getting Things Done® (GTD) methodology.


The Fundamentals course builds the foundation for learners to put GTD to work—at work, at home, and in everything they do.


This course dives deeper into the GTD models for defining and planning projects and managing priorities.


This course ties together the tactical models for getting workflow under control in Level One with the more strategic models for gaining perspective in Level Two.

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Now you can get this updated edition of the original “manual” for GTD, with detailed overviews, examples and coaching advice to get your system up and running. This revised 2015 edition also contains new material on the rise of digital technology in our always-on world, and recent cognitive science research that validates the GTD methodology.

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