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GTD From the Top – Episode 3

GTD From the Top – Episode 3

Welcome back to GTD® From the Top, a blog series in which I’m distilling the core ideas from David Allen’s Getting Things Done® methodology into a blog-sized narrative. For those of you who are experienced GTDers, I’m hoping I’ll provide some insights and new ways of...
Why Do You Want to be Productive? No, Really…

Why Do You Want to be Productive? No, Really…

What motivates you to get things done – is ‘productivity’ connected to a greater sense of purpose or a deeper ‘why’? Here’s how you might want to approach the concept of productivity differently, to make progress towards those...
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...
Flow, flow, flow your boat…

Flow, flow, flow your boat…

Again? Can’t be. We stopped paddling to allow ourselves to focus. Sure enough, there they were: an older couple, drifting along in their inflatable canoe. Ahead of us, again. My canoeing partner and I exchanged minor expletives under our breath. We were about 90...
Nobody’s Business But Your Own

Nobody’s Business But Your Own

  “That looked painful” commented my colleague from the university library. We were chatting after the meeting I’d just been holding with my IT managers and although he’d not actually been part of it, he’d seen the strange behaviour of one of my team through the...
Culture and the Cigar-Smoking Triathlete

Culture and the Cigar-Smoking Triathlete

In my thirties I was an amateur triathlete. I wasn’t good at it, but I showed up for the training and finished a few events per year. At the same time, I was also a 5-a-day smoker of cigars. Big ones. In this, I excelled. Even at the time, I was aware that training my...
Why You Should Be Celebrating Success

Why You Should Be Celebrating Success

Are you allowing yourself to celebrate your success? Here’s an insight into how you might just be missing a trick when it comes to celebrating those small wins and appreciating successful outcomes in day-to-day life.
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®...
The 5 Steps of Mastering Home Flow

The 5 Steps of Mastering Home Flow

First and most importantly, I hope you and your loved ones and colleagues are safe. I hope you are reading this because you are indeed well and wanting to continue being productive in these strangest of times that we all find ourselves in. We are entering what, for...
Don’t Sprain Your Brain

Don’t Sprain Your Brain

Have you noticed just how much your performance varies from day to day? Some days you do the work of three people as if it were nothing, and other days it is a stretch to get dressed for work. You may have gotten used to that, but actually it is kind of a strange...
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.
“…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...
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...
Hurry Hurry, Come for Your Curry

Hurry Hurry, Come for Your Curry

Lamb jalfrezi, chicken korma, mutton biryani… while the rest of the world was going vegan last month (a.k.a. ‘Veganuary’), there was a defiant outbreak of meat-based curry-making taking place chez moi. The spark for these culinary adventures was the lovely new...
Discipline and Making Habit Stick

Discipline and Making Habit Stick

This week, I talk about GTD® and discipline. Sure, it takes time to make something a habit, but the benefits of GTD practice are obvious – the ability to become far more productive and less stressed. That’s where to focus.
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...
Clarifying Your Commitments

Clarifying Your Commitments

In this week’s video blog, Todd Brown discusses the ‘clarifying’ questions in the Getting Things Done® (GTD®) methodology, to help you optimise your commitments in the most productive, stress-free way.