The GTD Horizons of Focus® for determining your priorities

How work is defined David Allen defines “work” from at least six different horizons, corresponding to different altitudes of perspective.                     The GTD Horizons of Focus HORIZON 5: Purpose and Principles HORIZON 4: Vision HORIZON 3: Goals and Objectives HORIZON 2: Areas of Focus and Accountability […]

Episode #45: Dealing with Competing Priorities

Do you ever struggle with managing competing priorities and don’t know how you’ll get it all done?  Join David Allen for a conversation that’s packed with practical GTD coaching advice on how to deal with competing priorities–from getting a higher perspective on your life and work, down to trusting your moment-to-moment action choices.   Listen […]

GTD and Mega Millions

How would winning a jackpot change the way your to do list represents your goals and purposes in the higher levels of the horizons of focus model?

Getting on Top of Your Projects and Priorities

There are four GTD Managing Projects and Priorities seminars coming up in November and December.  They will be held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Boston.  If you’re ready to refine the GTD skills you use on your own projects, the Managing Projects and Priorities seminar is the place for you.  You’ll get plenty of specialized focus on […]

David Allen’s video from the Do Lectures

David Allen was a speaker at the Do Lectures this summer in Wales.  The Do lectures are all about getting a handful of speakers together in one place, in the hope that they may inspire you to go Do something. To give you the tools and the desire to change the things you care about. […]

Defining your existence

GTD’s Horizons of Focus model defines purpose and fulfillment at the 50,000-foot level. There is an ongoing reassessment of how that translates into action on the runway.

GTD in problem solving

A Community Contribution from Nuno Donato on how he used the GTD Horizons of Focus model to gain clarity about a life change About one and a half year ago I moved from a busy big city “A”: to a smaller one in the country side “B” to develop a project with an organization I […]

How I break out of a rut

Community Contribution from Mike Vardy I’m about to state the obvious. We’re all human. Ergo, we make mistakes. Like creating words like “ergo.” Beyond “The Royal We,” we’re individuals. I’m sure you didn’t create the word “ergo” but I am pretty certain you’ve made other mistakes. I know I’ve made my share. For example, starting […]

Getting your arms around your priorities

Let’s talk about the Horizons of Focus.  In my experience, this is one of the parts of the GTD approach that can take a little time for people to get their arms around. This is where priorities and perspective live. Whereas traditional time management approaches attempted to give people an ABC type coding system for […]

Year End Completions

The latest Productive Living newsletter included a great set of questions from David Allen on year end completions.  It’s a great exercise to go through for completing 2009 and setting your intentions and directions for creating 2010.  Here’s a sample of some of those questions: Completing and remembering 2009 What was your biggest triumph in […]

Elevating our Game

During a recent marathon of Aaron Sorkin’s great short-lived series “Sports Night” (a marathon that I started by watching both seasons on DVD, which further proves my self-starting skills) I came upon an episode entitled “Moving Day.”  As the whip-smart Sorkinian dialogue washed over me throughout the rest of the marathon, it got me thinking […]

How do you know if your projects list is complete?

GTD Secrets: True Confessions of a GTD Coach – Episode 3 Have you ever been stumped by the difference between a Project and an Area of Focus? In this great 5 minute podcast, David Allen Company senior coach Meg Edwards talks about the GTD best practices for creating a Projects list. She gives tips on: […]

Why is David Allen like Einstein?

A GTD Times community contribution by Arif and Ali Vakil What made Einstein an Einstein or Newton a Newton? It was their amazing capability to look at what everybody was looking at, but see something different. The world sees an apple falling from a tree, but Newton notices there’s something greater at work here–it’s gravity. […]

GTD – Changing the World by Bringing Change from Within

A Community Contribution from Arif and Ali Vakil Have you ever found yourself in the situation where you’re completely overwhelmed with all the work that surrounds you? At those times do you then you catch yourself complaining about the outside world “I wish my job wasn’t so demanding”, “I wish there wasn’t so much competition”, […]

GTD at 50,000 ft: How to find and fulfill your Life's Purpose

A Community Contribution by Arif and Ali Vakil Have you ever had the feeling of being lost & left wondering “Why am I doing what I’m doing?”, “Why am I in this Job?”, “What does all this mean?”, “Who am I, and what is my purpose?”.  In spite of all the achievements there is a […]