Archive for November, 2009

Taking care of family

Taking care of family

This community contribution comes from Tara who uses GTD to care for her ill mother.  It’s a wonderful story from someone who–already naturally organized and productive–found ways to improve on her systems to provide the best care she could for her mother. Dear David, I’m probably in the camp of those who need GTD the least […]

A quick guide to GTD & projects

A quick guide to GTD & projects

Some of the most common questions we get are about managing projects.  Here is how one of the Coaches replied when a new GTD’er was asking how to manage projects and all of the related steps. There are 3 components to consider with your projects: 1. Tracking the outcome on a Projects list(s) that serves […]

Be your own post office

Be your own post office

A longtime stalwart of David Allen’s personal GTD setup is his Tickler File System.  This 43-folder system is like having your own post office to mail things back for your attention and awareness–exactly when you need to see them again. “The Tickler File demands only one-second-per-day new behavior to make it work, and it has […]

Falling into "professional crastination"

Falling into "professional crastination"

It certainly has been a while since I’ve written anything for GTD Times, so long that one might think I’d fallen off the wagon.  Not true – somewhat.  It’s not as if I’d fallen and couldn’t get up – it was that I was buried and couldn’t dig out. Like most of you, I have […]

Giving more attention to your kids than your BlackBerry

Giving more attention to your kids than your BlackBerry

We wanted to share this amazing letter from Kevin, who recently attended a GTD Mastering Workflow class.  He describes what he did after the class, including a wonderful experience of connecting with his daughter.  For those of you feeling like you’re in “always on” mode in your work and personal life, Kevin’s story may be […]

WSJ takes a look at GTD – the "reigning gorilla"

WSJ takes a look at GTD – the "reigning gorilla"

The Wall Street Journal took a closer look at the phenomenon of Getting Things Done.  They also reviewed some time management approaches like Covey and The Pomodoro Technique.   While there are quite a few differences in each of the 3 (GTD is actually not time management and much different than what the other 2 approaches […]

Develop and Maintain Successful Business Relationships with GTD

Develop and Maintain Successful Business Relationships with GTD

Readers of my site know that I am a big fan of David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” methodology, which the cool kids call “GTD” (see my 5 must read business books post). GTD for some is a life changer. I can tell you that I personally went from work drawers full of paper piles to […]

When email becomes a two-headed monster

When email becomes a two-headed monster

Q: I think email is becoming a two-headed monster. It is vital but more and more people ignore them, don’t read fully etc. How can we move forward with accomplishing goals in this environment? Are there ideas you can offer regarding effective corporate communications and task handoffs? David Allen’s answer: Essentially email is no different […]

Getting Started with GTD

Getting Started with GTD

Check out this 5 minute podcast from David Allen on what he suggests for getting started with GTD.  If you’re not yet a subscriber to our free podcast series, here’s how to get started.

Why it's important to keep your system current

Why it's important to keep your system current

No matter how consistent the system is, if it is not current (i.e. completely up to date with all items in a category) it still can’t be trusted in a way that relieves the psyche of the job of remembering and sorting. You’ll look at a list and some part of you knows it’s not […]