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Getting Real About Wellness with GTD

Getting Real About Wellness with GTD

My client was on the verge of tears looking at his projects lists. It was time to have “the conversation”. The one about being one person, and trying to live the lives of seven people all at once. I asked him to consider that everything in his system was...
Put the Ukulele Down

Put the Ukulele Down

“Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for our miseries, and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.” -Blaise Pascal What if nobody likes this blog? What if I’m all out of ideas about GTD®? What if I go to write and nothing shows up?...
Regrouping, Recouping, and Re-Engaging with GTD

Regrouping, Recouping, and Re-Engaging with GTD

Boxer, the horse from George Orwell’s classic text Animal Farm, had one answer to adversity: “The solution, as I see it, is to work harder.” It is a poignant allegory for Stalinist exploitation of working-class Russian revolutionaries. But it is also...
Your Email Inbox Is All About You

Your Email Inbox Is All About You

Growing up on the US-Mexico border, a feature of my childhood friends’ birthday parties was the piñata. For those unfamiliar, it is a colourful papier-mâché figure, ranging from a traditional donkey to a popular cartoon character, stuffed to the crêpe-paper...
Surviving Digital Climate Change with GTD

Surviving Digital Climate Change with GTD

‘Seriously? They’re posting business-critical information as a reply to a private Facebook thread?’ I was as incredulous as my client at this lack of basic ‘communication hygiene’ – expecting colleagues to find what they needed to...
Creating Focus, Vision, and Direction with GTD (Video Podcast)

GTD and the Power of Clean Edges

In this video, Todd Brown and Robert Peake talk about what is meant by “clean edges” in the GTD methodology, and why they are so important to stress-free productivity. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast Transcript [music] 00:06 Todd Brown:...
Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

“Sweet dreams are made of this / who am I to disagree? / I travel the world and the seven seas / everybody’s looking for something.” -Eurythmics Sleep means energy, and energy is precious. Just ask any new parent, shift worker, or long-haul pilot. In...
Creating Focus, Vision, and Direction with GTD (Video Podcast)

Managing Others with GTD (Video Podcast)

In this episode, Todd Brown and Robert Peake talk about how GTD can help you manage your personal and professional relationships clearly and effectively. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast Transcript [music] 00:06 Robert Peake: Welcome everyone to...
Mind How You Go

Mind How You Go

“All that is very well,” answered Candide, “but let us cultivate our garden.” -Voltaire I was fuming. I could feel the blood surging up to my head, fuelling a litany of judgmental thoughts. Brexit. Trump. That maniac on the M1. Something had...
Clean Edges

Clean Edges

If you want to know what clean edges in a system looks like, take a peep through a microscope. Life, in its simplest form, is about integrity. When the walls of a cell break down, the cell is finished – returning to the primordial elements that once made it up....
Excuse Me, Is Your Brain Leaking?

Excuse Me, Is Your Brain Leaking?

A striking advertisement for dental hygiene depicts people whose eyes are bleeding, pointing out that if any part of one’s body besides one’s gums were to bleed, they would seek immediate medical attention. Likewise, I believe that if people were able to...
Are You a One-Context Wonder?

Are You a One-Context Wonder?

Toni Basil. Los del Río. Baha Men. You may not recognise these band names, but if you lived through the 80s, 90s, and 00s, you are almost certainly familiar with “[Hey] Mickey”, “Macarena”, and “Who Let the Dogs Out?” All of these...
How GTD is Different with David Allen (Podcast)

How GTD is Different with David Allen (Podcast)

GTD is different than other approaches to personal and professional development in some fundamental ways. Join David Allen, creator of the methodology, in conversation with Todd Brown and Robert Peake. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the...
In Praise of the Short Sub-List

In Praise of the Short Sub-List

In their newfound enthusiasm for discovering the freedom and relief of getting everything out of their head, journeymen GTD® practitioners can fall into the trap of believing that small lists are inherently bad. Indeed, David Allen, creator of the Getting Things Done®...
GTD & D&D Part II: How to Lead a Team of Dragon-Slayers

GTD & D&D Part II: How to Lead a Team of Dragon-Slayers

I have a confession to make. I have been routinely engaging in conflict-resolution sessions with a group of creative, talented mid-career professionals. We have been collaborating on solutions to complicated, high-stakes problems by drawing on the unique strengths and...
How GTD is Different with David Allen (Podcast)

Your GTD Questions Answered (Podcast)

In this episode, Todd Brown and Robert Peake answer questions from listeners about the nuts and bolts of making the GTD methodology work for them. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast
“Cheer up, it might never happen”

“Cheer up, it might never happen”

As cold, wet weather and grey skies descend on the British Isles, out come the scowls. A particularly cheeky response to encountering a dour-faced stranger is the peculiarly British quip, “Cheer up, it might never happen.” Obviously, there are situations...
Creating Focus, Vision, and Direction with GTD (Video Podcast)

GTD for Teams, Part II (Podcast)

In part two of this two-part series, Todd and Robert delve deeper into the practical aspects of supporting teams with GTD best practices. Click to play this episode Click here for Part I Subscribe to the Podcast
FOMO, YOLO, and GTD

FOMO, YOLO, and GTD

Being often in a hurry, millennials love to abbreviate. One of my favourites is “tl;dr” (too long; didn’t read). In case you’re a millennial reading this now, here’s the “tl;dr” version of this article: if you’re afraid...
Permission to stare out the window

Permission to stare out the window

“Honey, I just realised – nothing is going to try to kill me out here.” My wife and I were ambling along one of England’s many public footpaths through gentle countryside. I agree it may sound like an unusual observation. But having come from...