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Enigma Variations

Enigma Variations

Enigma: a person or thing that is mysterious or difficult to understand (see Weekly Review®) Variation: a different or distinct form or version of something First, I should mention that many people who tell me they can’t stick with a Weekly Review habit are also those...
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...
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...
Creation and Completion with GTD

Creation and Completion with GTD

As knowledge workers, it can be hard to grasp that our work is never going to be ‘done’. The idea is to be constructively engaged in our process of creation and completion. Some thoughts around how GTD® can help you optimise the flow of your work.
What Could Go Wrong?

What Could Go Wrong?

No part of me is more English than my need for a regular cup of tea. So, with the end of the webinar that I’d been delivering close at hand, my attention was turning to a hard-earned cuppa. For this reason, perhaps, I was caught slightly off-guard by the excellent...
How GTD Helps Reduce Stress (Podcast)

How GTD Helps Reduce Stress (Podcast)

In this episode, Todd Brown and Robert Peake discuss how GTD can help dramatically reduce stress levels, even in complex and challenging circumstances. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast
How GTD Helps Reduce Stress (Podcast)

Is GTD for Me? (Podcast)

In this episode, Todd Brown and Robert Peake discuss where GTD can have the most impact, and the types of people who gravitate toward the methodology and have success with it. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast
How GTD is Different with David Allen (Podcast)

How GTD is Different with David Allen (Podcast)

GTD is different than other approaches to personal and professional development in some fundamental ways. Join David Allen, creator of the methodology, in conversation with Todd Brown and Robert Peake. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the...
GTD & D&D Part II: How to Lead a Team of Dragon-Slayers

GTD & D&D Part II: How to Lead a Team of Dragon-Slayers

I have a confession to make. I have been routinely engaging in conflict-resolution sessions with a group of creative, talented mid-career professionals. We have been collaborating on solutions to complicated, high-stakes problems by drawing on the unique strengths and...
How GTD is Different with David Allen (Podcast)

What GTD is Not (Podcast)

In this episode, Todd Brown and Robert Peake discuss common misconceptions about GTD and lay to rest a few myths about the methodology. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast
How GTD is Different with David Allen (Podcast)

Your GTD Questions Answered (Podcast)

In this episode, Todd Brown and Robert Peake answer questions from listeners about the nuts and bolts of making the GTD methodology work for them. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast
How GTD is Different with David Allen (Podcast)

GTD and Creativity with David Allen (Podcast)

In this podcast, Todd Brown and Robert Peake are joined by GTD creator David Allen to discuss how the methodology can unleash creativity–even if you don’t identify as a “creative person”. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the...
How GTD Helps Reduce Stress (Podcast)

GTD for Teams, Part II (Podcast)

In part two of this two-part series, Todd and Robert delve deeper into the practical aspects of supporting teams with GTD best practices. Click to play this episode Click here for Part I Subscribe to the Podcast
How GTD Helps Reduce Stress (Podcast)

GTD for Teams, Part I (Podcast)

In this episode, Todd and Robert talk about how GTD can dramatically improve organisational and team effectiveness. Click to play this episode Click here for Part II Subscribe to the Podcast
How GTD Helps Reduce Stress (Podcast)

Sustaining GTD (Podcast)

Todd and Robert discuss strategies for sustaining a GTD practice over the long term. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast
How GTD Helps Reduce Stress (Podcast)

The Higher Horizons of GTD (Podcast)

In this episode Todd and Robert discuss the higher horizons of GTD, which can help create a sense of direction, purpose, and higher perspective. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast
How GTD Helps Reduce Stress (Podcast)

Engaging with Confidence (Podcast)

In this episode, Todd and Robert talk about the final, critical phase of mastering workflow–choosing how to effectively engage, or simply “do”. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast
Citizen Kane and productivity

Citizen Kane and productivity

Orson Welles was an astonishing talent. Famously brilliant, he produced, co-wrote, directed and acted the lead role in Citizen Kane, a film that won an academy award and has consistently topped the ‘all time best film’ lists in my lifetime. We can quibble about...
What are you hiding?

What are you hiding?

From the outside the restaurant looks promising, and you’re hungry. You get a table and the waiter brings the menu. You have a browse. A few things look OK, but you’re not really that up for anything on offer. With a sigh, you order something that looks acceptable but...
How GTD Helps Reduce Stress (Podcast)

Reflecting Appropriately (Podcast)

In this episode, Todd and Robert talk about reflecting at the right horizons in the right rhythms–including that all-important habit: the weekly review. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast
How GTD Helps Reduce Stress (Podcast)

Organising for Success (Podcast)

In this episode Todd and Robert talk about how to structure the results of your thinking effectively to maximise your experience that “meaning matches location”. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast
Top Tips to Avoid Meeting Burnout

Top Tips to Avoid Meeting Burnout

  Have you ever stopped to think how much of your life you spend in meetings? Done well, they can be incredibly powerful, but very often they end up being inefficient and a drain. Having both attended countless meetings myself, and coached many senior executives...