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There’s No Such Thing As An E-Lunch

There’s No Such Thing As An E-Lunch

“Not that way.” At the end of a brief meeting with a potential coaching client, I’d stood up to go for lunch with them, and headed for the door I’d been let in through. My error, apparently. “I thought we were going to lunch,” I said. “We are. I just don’t want to go...
Get Therapy, or a Project List?

Get Therapy, or a Project List?

“I think I might need to go back into therapy.” Close to tears, my friend was clearly in a bad place. “I’ve been having huge problems at work, and I feel like something really bad is about to happen.” She’d called me out of the blue, close to the end of her tether....
Three Fastest Strategies to Reduce Overwhelm

Three Fastest Strategies to Reduce Overwhelm

Feeling overwhelmed, with too much to do and not enough time? Do you feel like you have too much information coming at you from all directions, and too much to think about? Here are the three fastest strategies to reduce overwhelm, with guidance on how you can manage...
A Blizzard of Odd

A Blizzard of Odd

The lines in the centre of the road had become the key to survival. Somehow, within a matter of minutes, my life had been reduced to a series of yellow lines on the highway. Why? A blizzard that became a whiteout. If you’ve ever driven in one, you’ll know it’s...
Staying Sane in the New Reality – a Discussion With David Allen and Tim Harford (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.

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....
The Frog Blog

The Frog Blog

At a certain point in the biology curriculum here in France, pupils learn about the curious behaviour of frogs. Given where they have grown up, the pupils know a fair amount about the topic already of course, but in biology class they learn more specifically about the...
Don’t Blame Them, it’s Your Fault!

Don’t Blame Them, it’s Your Fault!

How easy it is to feel smug, you’re up and running with GTD®. You’re completing a Weekly Review®, your ‘ins’ are at zero, your lists are in order, higher horizons aligned and you’re looking through your ‘waiting for’ list to see who you can chase to prove your system...
Paper Quirk

Paper Quirk

I was at a dinner party recently where the conversation – implausibly – turned to ‘paperwork’. We’d exhausted topics like real-estate trends (luxury – in; affordable – out), our ongoing Circus Brexitus, and the ambient geo-political madness. Things had clearly gotten...
A wagon full of hope

A wagon full of hope

I bumped into a former GTD participant earlier this week, and I could see from her body language that she wasn’t keen to see me. Initial pleasantries past, I found out why. “I’m off the wagon”, she said, sheepishly. “That’s great!” I countered. This did not seem to...
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...
Relax. No, Really.

Do You Hear Voices?

  “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” -William Morris The Japanese personal organiser Marie Kondo recommends thinking of one’s possessions as animate, and treating them with according...
Busy is out there. And it’s coming for you.

Busy is out there. And it’s coming for you.

You’re being stalked right now. No, not by people in camouflage gear and woolly hats. It’s Busy. Busy is after you. When Busy catches you, it gets you to do things. Lots of things. (Doing things is good, though, surely?) Well, Busy has rules. You have to stay in...
Relax. No, Really.

Sustaining Flow with GTD

Have you ever gotten lost in the enjoyment of a task? Chances are it was something you were able to do well, but that also challenged you on some level. This lovely feeling, of being both competent and stretched at the same time, is something I crave, and have sought...