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Why Bother With GTD®?

Why Bother With GTD®?

If you’re just starting out learning “Getting Things Done®”, perhaps having read the book, and now reading this to deepen your understanding, or having been on one of our courses and wanting more of the benefits you’ve already discovered, then it might be worth...
You Can’t Slow Things Down By Speeding Up

You Can’t Slow Things Down By Speeding Up

It always starts small, and – in the beginning – it always makes sense: “I’ll just stay here over lunch to take care of some things I didn’t get done this morning”, or “ I’ll stay a bit later to work on that report for tomorrow”, or – more and more – “I’ll use a bit...
Motivational Streaker – part 2

Motivational Streaker – part 2

  In this second instalment on persistence with difficult things that take a long time, we look at some more ways to help you get motivated to stay motivated. Let’s assume you have a clear and inspiring goal, and a plan on how to get there. All good, right? Not...
Words And Action – The Power Of A Common Language For Productivity (Video Podcast)

Words And Action – The Power Of A Common Language For Productivity (Video Podcast)

Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day work, simply ‘doing’, often over-busy and fighting fires – that we lose the bigger picture. We can often find ourselves being driven by the ‘latest and loudest’ rather than the things that will really help us achieve our bigger goals and objectives.

This loss of perspective is normal, but the Getting Things Done® (GTD®) Horizons of Focus model can help ensure that your daily work is aligned to big picture thinking – the higher-level values and your wider purpose.

Todd Brown and Robert Peake discuss the Horizons of Focus model and how it can be used to help drive your work, be guided by your purpose, and see the big picture in everything you do.

Living The Dream

Living The Dream

As the bank holidays disappear in the rear-view mirror here in the UK, a public holiday that we don’t get will be celebrated in the United States in a few days – Martin Luther King day. As my calendar reminded me about this recently I realised that there’s a line from...
Getting Things Unstuck

Getting Things Unstuck

If there’s something on your list that you’re struggling with, it’s just not moving forward, or you’re feeling stuck – today Todd provides one of the core principles of GTD® as a quick tip to get you moving again.
Are You Being Bullied By Your Inbox? (Video Podcast)

Are You Being Bullied By Your Inbox? (Video Podcast)

Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day work, simply ‘doing’, often over-busy and fighting fires – that we lose the bigger picture. We can often find ourselves being driven by the ‘latest and loudest’ rather than the things that will really help us achieve our bigger goals and objectives.

This loss of perspective is normal, but the Getting Things Done® (GTD®) Horizons of Focus model can help ensure that your daily work is aligned to big picture thinking – the higher-level values and your wider purpose.

Todd Brown and Robert Peake discuss the Horizons of Focus model and how it can be used to help drive your work, be guided by your purpose, and see the big picture in everything you do.

Written In The Stars

Written In The Stars

    I bet you get asked this all the time: Sound familiar? It should – most people have been asked this at the end of a Teams or Zoom call in the hope that they’ll click on the stars and share their feelings about audio and video quality. Now,...
Struggling To See The Big Picture As You Work? The Horizons Of Focus Model Is For You (Video Podcast)

Struggling To See The Big Picture As You Work? The Horizons Of Focus Model Is For You (Video Podcast)

Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day work, simply ‘doing’, often over-busy and fighting fires – that we lose the bigger picture. We can often find ourselves being driven by the ‘latest and loudest’ rather than the things that will really help us achieve our bigger goals and objectives.

This loss of perspective is normal, but the Getting Things Done® (GTD®) Horizons of Focus model can help ensure that your daily work is aligned to big picture thinking – the higher-level values and your wider purpose.

Todd Brown and Robert Peake discuss the Horizons of Focus model and how it can be used to help drive your work, be guided by your purpose, and see the big picture in everything you do.

My GTD® Bromance with my Future Self

My GTD® Bromance with my Future Self

I know this great guy–lots of potential, very well-intentioned, full of interesting ideas. I like him a lot. But he’s a bit of a fixer-upper really. He forgets things. He gets distracted. In short, he just needs a good companion to help set him up for...
Next (Trans)Action

Next (Trans)Action

Every day around the world, companies large and small are bought or sold. Huge sums change hands in that process, but also around that process. Because of the amounts involved, an entire industry of specialists has developed to facilitate – and earn from – these...
Why, O Why, O Why?

Why, O Why, O Why?

The world has changed a lot since David Allen developed his methodology and wrote the 2001 first edition of “Getting Things Done ®”: Filofaxes have been mostly replaced by laptops, Palm Pilots by smartphones, faxes by emails, and too many meetings by far too many...
Is GTD Time Management? (Video Podcast)

Is GTD Time Management? (Video Podcast)

While Getting Things Done® (GTD®) may not officially be regarded as ‘time management’, being able to manage your time well is a prerequisite for an effective GTD practice.

Todd Brown and Robert Peake take a deeper look at the aspects of time management that contribute to better work and life management.

Never Decreasing Circles

Never Decreasing Circles

I’ve been reading a book on human movement concurrently with a book on the lives of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. The rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle of a productivity expert, for sure. These days, the fittest of us get something like 300 minutes – or 6 hours – of movement...
You’re So Money

You’re So Money

Complete this sentence: “You’re so money… a. “supermarket.” b. “you just don’t know it.” If you’re here in the UK you probably chose (a) because it’s the tagline of a major ad campaign for a price comparison website in recent years. If you’re also a movie buff,...
Tips For A Productive Summer

Tips For A Productive Summer

Todd Brown provides some useful tips about how to make the most of summer by using the time to get more productive. It’s an opportunity for you to review your organisational system, your lists, your tools, and your processes for work.  ...
Is GTD Time Management? (Video Podcast)

How Software Can Both Help and Hinder Your Productivity (Video Podcast)

Software is a permanent fixture for many of us, and while we often implement software platforms to enhance our productivity, it can in fact hinder it. Robert Peake, GTD® veteran who has an extensive background in software and technology, talks with Todd Brown about how best to navigate software platforms to support your GTD practice and overall productivity.

Should I Stay, or Should I Go?

Should I Stay, or Should I Go?

Monika Danner has worked in corporate HR and leadership roles for more than 15 years. She has been a GTD® practitioner since 2014 and works as a certified GTD trainer for Next Action Partners in Germany. My personal Covid journey is marked by entering the world of...
GTD From the Top – Episode 6

GTD From the Top – Episode 6

­Welcome back to GTD® from the Top. In this series I’m aiming to distil the core ideas behind the Getting Things Done® methodology into easily digestible bites. I’m hoping that you’ll use this series to reflect on how GTD might better help you or your organisation to...