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“…Try Something Else”

“…Try Something Else”

I was recently in the audience at a Q&A session with David Allen. My question to him was something I have answered many times myself while running seminars and coaching people and, although I think my answer is quite practised and complete, I wanted to see how...
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...
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...
Back to basics with David Allen

Back to basics with David Allen

We’re deep into the season of office parties, mulled wine and mince pies here in London, and as the nights continue to draw in I find myself in a reflective mood. Around this time of year, I like to remind myself of the core ideas behind GTD®, by way of reaffirming my...
How GTD is Different with David Allen (Podcast)

GTD and Creativity with David Allen (Podcast)

In this podcast, Todd Brown and Robert Peake are joined by GTD creator David Allen to discuss how the methodology can unleash creativity–even if you don’t identify as a “creative person”. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the...
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...
Going beyond the basic checklist

Going beyond the basic checklist

Scott Walker (not his real name) is a good friend of mine. He has nine black belts. Note, they are not in Judo or some other martial art. They have been acquired as a result of arriving at a hotel, looking for a belt for his trousers, and realising that it was still...
The art of stillness

The art of stillness

In ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’ during the 1990s, the madogiwazoku – which is Japanese for ‘the window tribe’ – were ageing employees who were no longer seen as useful to the organisation. However, since there was a reluctance in Japan’s corporate culture...
What GTD can’t do for you

What GTD can’t do for you

“There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labour of thinking” – Sir Joshua Reynolds Doing a bit of a spring clean this week, I came across a book I bought back in the early days of the web called “Don’t make me think”. It was written by...
Guest interview: GTD and the power of podcast presenting

Guest interview: GTD and the power of podcast presenting

This week we catch up with Andrew J. Mason: husband, father and host of the Getting Things Done podcast. He’s also presenter of The ProGuide Podcast and a narrator on Audible.com, and enjoys running, editing video, and helping others craft their communications....
You don’t have problems, only projects

You don’t have problems, only projects

Christmas is a time for sitting around and pondering.  So when my wife, Denise, asked if we should all go trampolining on Boxing day I should have said: “That sounds like an interesting idea, let me think about it ’till Easter”.  Instead, I said:...
What does GTD have to offer people in Afghanistan?

What does GTD have to offer people in Afghanistan?

That’s what was on my mind on a beautiful summer’s evening in southern California in 2010.  I was just getting started as a GTD trainer, and had travelled to the headquarters of the David Allen Company to work with some of the people there.  David Allen had...
To e-, Or Not to e- . . . Handling e-mail on Holiday

To e-, Or Not to e- . . . Handling e-mail on Holiday

Like much of Europe, I’m off on my summer holiday. Unlike much of Europe, I’ve had a an e-mail arrive with a question about how to handle e-mail while on holiday. What to do? The sender did a seminar a year or so ago, and since then has been working at implementing as...
To e-, Or Not to e- . . . Handling e-mail on Holiday

For Whom the Cell Tolls

“You work too hard to be successful.“ Tom had been having a quick look at his e-mail under the table of the sidewalk café, but this last sentence from across the table jolted him back to reality. He considered himself a moderately successful individual, so he was a...
Relax. No, Really.

Relax. No, Really.

“Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax.” -David Allen One of the hallmarks of true productivity is a sense of fulfilment. In a recent article, I looked at the difference between performance as in professional...
To e-, Or Not to e- . . . Handling e-mail on Holiday

Buffer Your Life

For the inveterate movie hound that I am, the streaming of movies over the internet seems a huge leap forward for our civilization. No more clicking through several hundred channels of an evening to find a speck of gold in a mountain of televisual dross; now I can tap...