20 Things GTD is Not

GTD is not about managing time better It’s about managing your attention GTD is not about having better control over the world It’s about being in control on where you put your focus GTD is not about setting plans and achieving fixed goals It’s about having the freedom to explore options GTD is not about […]

The Resistance to To-Do Lists

The main reason people resist to-do lists I understand the resistance to to-do lists, and the complaints about keeping them. I’ve noticed a couple of reasons for this. The main one is that most to-do lists are incomplete lists of still un-clarified “stuff.” Looking at them creates as much stress as they might have relieved in […]

What to know about GTD Setup Guides

About GTD Setup Guides  The GTD methodology is software neutral. Some software will certainly work better than others, but it means that the apps you use for your GTD implementation are up to you. Over the past 15 years, we’ve built up a library of GTD setup guides for the most common software apps. Each […]

Natasha’s GTD Story

About Natasha What do you do for work? I am a certified GTD Master Trainer and GTD Trainer for Level 1. I also work as an origami creator. Where do you live? My home country is Slovenia, Europe. Recently I moved from the capital to the Slovenian coast (Adriatic sea). GTD Background How did you […]

GTD Courses and Coaching

Looking for GTD Training? David Allen Company Global Partners offer GTD public and private courses and coaching services around the world.  Here are a few links to get started:   GTD Training in the United States GTD® Focus GTD Focus is the Exclusive Partner for the delivery of Getting Things Done® (GTD®) individual coaching in the […]

Is there anything besides GTD?

QUESTION: Is there something else besides GTD worth exploring in the area of personal process management? DAVID ALLEN: Frankly there is nothing in the area of “personal process management” beyond the GTD process itself. Many people mistake GTD as something that has to have all the suggestions in the book in some format; and most […]

The Easiest Hard Rule to Follow

If you pass one tiny piece of paper on the ground, without picking it up, you’re fired. At least, that’s the story I heard once about a standard for employees at Disneyland. Apparently they had figured out how many less human resources they needed to keep the place clean, if it was kept spotless. Think […]

New Getting Things Done for Teens book

The Challenge Teens Face Today The most interconnected generation in history is navigating unimaginable amounts of social pressure, both in personal and online interactions. Very little time, focus, or education is being spent teaching and coaching this generation how to navigate this unprecedented amount of “stuff” entering their lives each day. How do we help […]

Marx’s GTD Story

Your name  Marx Acosta-Rubio What do you do for work? I own several companies and coach entrepreneurs how to be successful and happy. Where do you live? Near Dallas, Texas. How did you hear about GTD? A friend recommended the book and then I hired David Allen to be my first consultant for my first […]

GTD® & Things® Setup Guide

We’re excited to announce the release of our new GTD & Things Setup Guide! We know some of you have been wanting this one for years. Includes a ton of expert tips on implementing GTD in Things on your Mac desktop.                     Buy the full Guide […]

There is no “perfect” way to do GTD

Your name: Jodie E Francis What do you do for work? I work for a federal government department as the information management lead for our branch’s national scientific collections housed in Ottawa, and we are in the process of moving our collections to a more modern facility. Where do you live? Ottawa, Ontario, Canada How […]

Are you out of your mind?

Most people are trying to manage much of their life and work in their minds, but your head is a lousy office! Recent cognitive science research has proven its limitations for remembering, reminding, and prioritizing. In this humorous TEDx talk, David Allen emphasizes the need to keep track of any and every thing that we […]

Starting with where you are, not where you should be

Question: Why does Getting Things Done® focus on the “weeds” rather than the higher-level stuff? Why don’t we start with goals and vision and then make our way to day-to-day work? David Allen: I appreciate your question. The professional and personal self-help training programs consistently emphasize higher-horizon focus—clarity of purpose, values, vision, goals, etc. I agree that […]

The principles of GTD apply to everything

Question: Dear David Allen, Is there an adaptation of your method for writing a PhD? I find GTD helpful in life and at the job, but I have trouble adapting it to a research project. Do you have any tips? David Allen: The principles of GTD apply to everything, but they don’t engage with the […]

Where to find GTD Courses and Coaching

Whether you’re new to Getting Things Done, or already have a system in place and want to gain greater mastery, you’ll get value from GTD courses and coaching services offered by our global partners around the world. We have partners in 92 countries, with more on the way. They offer GTD courses for private clients […]

Control or Spontaneity? The Paradox

When people discover the level of personal organization I work within, they often ask, “Wow, does this guy ever have any fun?! He’s so organized!” My response is usually, “Who’s not having fun?” Frankly, I organize for freedom, not for hard work. Much of my personal system of organization was built and is constantly being […]

GTD Setup Guides

Hello GTD enthusiasts! This is an update on the GTD Setup Guides that are currently available. If you’re new to these guides, they are the official GTD software setup guides from the David Allen Company to give you step-by-step coaching on applying GTD to some of the best software tools out there. We currently have GTD Setup Guides for: […]

Suzanne’s GTD Story

Your name: Suzanne Hawes What do you do for work? Chief Human Resources, Paya Inc Where do you live? Ashburn, VA How did you hear about GTD? I was working at SC Johnson in Racine, WI. The training department needed some guinea pigs for a GTD program they were planning to roll out. I’m always […]

New! GTD® & Trello® Setup Guide

We’re excited to announce the release of our new GTD & Trello Setup Guide. This Guide will show you how to: – Understand the fundamental GTD best practices – Optimally configure Trello in the way we have found works best for GTD – Integrate your actionable email – Create project and next actions lists in Trello […]