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Is Your GTD System Too Complex? (Video Podcast)

Is Your GTD System Too Complex? (Video Podcast)

In this episode, we ask is your GTD® system overbuilt? How complex is too complex when it comes to creating your GTD system? We take a deep dive into the setup of your GTD system and how to streamline your lists, create practical and easily accessible indexes of your ‘stuff’, and reduce friction in your workflow.

Is That Really Off Your Mind?

Is That Really Off Your Mind?

GTD® coach Robert Peake shares three common ways in which people often accumulate a lingering amount of stress by keeping things in their mind – even when they have the best of intentions to do otherwise. More importantly, he shares the keys to truly getting...
Is Your GTD System Too Complex? (Video Podcast)

Navigating desired outcomes with GTD (Video Podcast)

In this episode of Change Your Game with GTD®, Todd Brown and Robert Peake discuss how Getting Things Done® (GTD®) helps you to navigate successful outcomes, and how adapting appropriately can help us to optimise productivity and wellbeing during challenging times.

How To Be Adaptive During Challenges Like COVID-19

How To Be Adaptive During Challenges Like COVID-19

During such uncertainty and the challenging times that we face with the COVID-19 crisis, it is important to remain nimble and adaptive to get the best out of your productivity and focus. In our latest video, Todd Brown talks about how to keep your Getting Things Done®...
Is Your GTD System Too Complex? (Video Podcast)

GTD in Uncertain Times (Video Podcast)

In this episode of Change Your Game with GTD®, Todd Brown and Robert Peake share insights into how Getting Things Done® (GTD®) can help you stay positively and productively focused during uncertain or challenging times.

Being There

Being There

In probably my favourite Peter Sellers movie, the protagonist (Chance, the gardener) is blissfully unaware of anything more complicated than that which is right in front of him in the moment.  The closing line of the film, from a speech by the US President, is: “Life...
How Search is Killing Your Productivity

How Search is Killing Your Productivity

Search is amazing, but it won’t replace your brain. In this short clip, veteran GTD® coach Robert Peake talks about why we need to re-think our dependence on hoping we can find stuff later using search–and how to fix it.
How One Man Used GTD to Recover from Mental Illness

How One Man Used GTD to Recover from Mental Illness

Andy Hall knows first-hand how it feels to sink into severe depression, anxiety and breakdown, but he’s also learned how to fight back. Here, in light of the recent Mental Health Awareness month, he shares his experience of how GTD® has helped turn his life around....
How Do Your Energy Levels Affect Your Focus?

How Do Your Energy Levels Affect Your Focus?

How much energy do you have right now? Our energy levels dictate how well we can focus, and sometimes, it’s useful to take stock of how much energy you have to make the best decisions about what we should engage in next.
What is Marie Kondo Missing?

What is Marie Kondo Missing?

There are many benefits to tidying up and decluttering our lives, as Marie Kondo has successfully demonstrated. But what is missing? Marie Kondo focuses on physical clutter, but many of us are struggling more with mental clutter. What if we took the basic idea of...
The Gift of Presence

The Gift of Presence

I had a lovely exchange with a taxi driver the other day. That might not seem like news enough for a blog, but if rarity drives value, then such a thing in a London cabbie is very valuable indeed. They are a self-selected bunch, and the filters for job success seem to...
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...
Defeated Devices

Defeated Devices

“What do you see?” The question took me a bit by surprise. I was just settling in for lunch with my friend Dan. Pleasantries had been exchanged, and I was scanning the menu when he’d reached his wrist across the table and held it where I couldn’t miss it. “Uhm, your...
GTD and ‘Orienting Maps’

GTD and ‘Orienting Maps’

Do you have a set of useful reminders to help you focus on the right things, in the right place, and at the right time? This week I talk about how GTD’s ‘orienting maps’ can help you reach your desired outcomes with greater...
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...
‘No’ is Guaranteed

‘No’ is Guaranteed

“Not my circus, not my monkeys.” Ever heard that one? It is one of my favourite linguistic imports. If you are not familiar with it, it is the very visual Polish take on staying clear of problems that are not yours to solve, and for me it captures what might be a...
The Temple in the Sea

The Temple in the Sea

Start with WHY. If you’ve kept current with leadership content on the web in the last decade then you might know that this is Simon Sinek’s thing, making him famous after a 2009 TED talk that went viral The talk itself looks slightly retro if you watch it again now –...
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...