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Your Personal Ping-demic

Your Personal Ping-demic

With coronavirus cases recently rising in the UK, every day hundreds of thousands of users of the government’s covid app were pinged and told to self-isolate.  The app mashes up covid test results and location information to determine who has been near an infected...
Shirt Happens

Shirt Happens

The shirt had been white. It mostly still was, but the crisp pressed cotton now had a fan-like pattern of tomato guts sprayed across the front. Perfect if I had been heading off to film the climax of a horror movie, but my meetings that morning called for something...
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....
Fire and Forget (AKA ‘The BCC Trick’)

Fire and Forget (AKA ‘The BCC Trick’)

“The highest-performing people I know are those who have installed the best tricks in their lives.” – David Allen One of the characteristics of GTD® compared to other content in the productivity space is that it is decidedly not just a collection of time management...
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 Rested Development

A Rested Development

Consider this: over the course of the last one hundred years, we have moved from being a largely rural population that was incredibly active, day in and day out, to being mostly urban and sedentary. It is generally understood that this has been better for our wealth...
Be Calm. Be Patient. Be Furious

Be Calm. Be Patient. Be Furious

I try to be furious every day. This might seem like an unexpected admission from a coach in the art of stress-free productivity but, don’t worry, Furious is a person rather than the description of a frothing meltdown. Jason ‘Furious’ Styles was a character played by...
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...
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...
Self-Help Tips For the Christmas Holiday Season

Self-Help Tips For the Christmas Holiday Season

Todd Brown talks about how to use your Getting Things Done® (GTD®) system to help you get through the Christmas holiday season as friction-free as possible. Utilising the right tools and processes to keep you organised during this busy festive period will result in...
A Humble Expert

A Humble Expert

When I ran my first seminar as a certified GTD® trainer, I was nervous and anxious to prove to the participants that I knew how GTD worked, how I use it and what a wonderful life it provided for me. I was so stressed and I did too much. I got great reviews from...
Quick Wins with GTD (Video Podcast)

Quick Wins with GTD (Video Podcast)

While GTD is a comprehensive, whole-life methodology, in this video, Todd Brown and Robert Peake talk about some of the “quick wins” you can achieve by implementing key aspects of GTD.

Getting Real About Wellness with GTD

Getting Real About Wellness with GTD

My client was on the verge of tears looking at his projects lists. It was time to have “the conversation”. The one about being one person, and trying to live the lives of seven people all at once. I asked him to consider that everything in his system was...
Quick Wins with GTD (Video Podcast)

Making use of Read and Review in GTD (Video Podcast)

In this video, Todd Brown and Robert Peake talk about the read-and-review category and how it can help you take control of information overload. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast Transcript [music] 00:00 Robert Peake: Welcome everyone, once again, to...
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...
Quick Wins with GTD (Video Podcast)

Alleviating Overwhelm with GTD (Video Podcast)

In this episode, Todd Brown and Robert Peake talk about how GTD® can help to mitigate overwhelm and restore a sense of positive, calm focus to your work and life. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast Transcript [music] 00:05 Todd Brown: Hello everyone...
Quick Wins with GTD (Video Podcast)

GTD and Your Personal Best (Video Podcast)

In this episode Todd Brown and Robert Peake talk about how GTD can help you adapt to changing circumstances so that you can give your personal best even in tough times. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast Transcript 00:04 Robert Peake: So welcome,...
Quick Wins with GTD (Video Podcast)

Changing Up Your GTD System (Video Podcast)

In this video, Todd Brown and Robert Peake talk about when it might be time to give your system a good clear-out — or even jump ship to a new tool altogether. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast Transcript [music] 00:06 Robert Peake: So welcome...
Quick Wins with GTD (Video Podcast)

GTD and the Power of Clean Edges

In this video, Todd Brown and Robert Peake talk about what is meant by “clean edges” in the GTD methodology, and why they are so important to stress-free productivity. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast Transcript [music] 00:06 Todd Brown:...