Processing email with GTD

The more facile you get with the GTD models, the faster you’ll be at processing your input, such as new email. We’ve found it takes most people about 30 seconds to process something. That means making a clear decision about what “done” (the outcome) and the “doing” (the next action) looks like. No software will […]

Get your life back to widget-cranking!

Oh, for a widget-cranking job again! Ever have gigs like that, where all you did was crank widgets? Like a summer job in college? Remember how bored you were, and how psychologically healthy it was? All you had to do was show up. Every morning there was a big pile of un-cranked widgets, right next […]

The best time to do a GTD Weekly Review

The strength of GTD awareness and ability is knowing that the best time to do a GTD Weekly Review is when you least feel like doing it. The strange force that seems to make these simple but powerful habits so challenging is that we think we need to have the result of the behavior, before […]

Dealing with surprises elegantly and objectively

Surprises happen when you least expect them. But it is much easier to deal with them – accept, integrate, and refocus – when your backlog is minimal. The GTD Weekly Review ensures that you never get too far behind. When new opportunities and challenges appear, they can be dealt with more objectively and elegantly, knowing […]

Should I separate personal and professional?

Question: I’ve recently implemented GTD in my life and it has helped immensely, but I can’t bring myself to mix work and personal lists. My question is…is it really necessary to mix personal and work lists? I don’t want to think of work while I’m outside of work! (And I don’t, for the record, as […]

In praise of the last minute

I’m going to share some good news with you: The last minute is not always the worst time to do something. A client once shared that there are times when he actually likes to wait to the last minute—his work is better then. It’s more focused, more creative, and more inspired, because of the time […]

Your favorite software tool tailored for GTD

If you’re looking for tips, tricks, and coaching from the experts on using GTD with your favorite software tool, check out our GTD Setup Guides. We currently have GTD guides for these tools: Microsoft Outlook for Windows Microsoft Outlook for Mac Microsoft OneNote for Windows Evernote for Windows Evernote for Mac OmniFocus for Mac Wunderlist for Mac […]

Community Story: John Corrigan

The GTD methodology has been absolutely transformational and revolutionary in my life. I bought the audio book three weeks ago and have listened to it twice already. Just WOW—the difference I see and what others see in me and how I manage all aspects of my life from work, family, and play is phenomenal. Thank […]

Personal Productivity and the Inner Seven-Year-Old

There seems to be someone about seven years old inside of all of us, who never matures, and whose behavior either allows us lots of creative expansion and productivity, or causes us to crash and burn. It seems that the smart (adult) part of me has known what to do for years. It knows that in […]

The 2017 GTD Organizer is here!

The 2017 GTD® Organizer is an elegant and functional editable PDF organizer, built on the GTD principles. Available in letter or junior size. Format: The GTD Organizer comes as an editable PDF that can be used in several effective ways: 1. As a PDF file that you type into and store electronically 2. As a […]

GTD Community Story with Rosalie Gale

We discovered Rosalie Gale’s love for GTD on Facebook. We interviewed her so our community could hear her story. Enjoy! 1. How did you hear about GTD? I used to be the queen of making to do lists. I would write them out over and over again and become very overwhelmed by everything I needed […]

GTD Setup Guides

One of the best ways to implement Getting Things Done is to follow our expert advice in configuring one of the many tools we have found to work well for GTD. See a sample or buy a Guide now. Here are the current GTD Setup Guides available to support you: GTD & Outlook for Windows GTD […]

The treadmill of stress

Thanks to Suzanna Makkos for sharing her GTD story: In 2009 I had a baby. Three months after she was born I got a pretty big promotion at work. No problem, right? I can do both. Wrong. My life completely exploded out of control. I was seeing a therapist weekly to try to manage my […]