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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...
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,...
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...
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.  ...
Working On The Weekend??

Working On The Weekend??

Question: What do the following have in common; Buying a bible Selling fish and chips Shooting Welshmen in Hereford Answer: They are all things that used to be illegal if you did them on a Sunday (although it was legal to shoot Welshmen in the 1400s as long as you did...
Blurred Lines

Blurred Lines

Hands up if you’re looking forward to the resumption of your commute…? Despite the fact that it’s April Fools’ day as this blog goes to press, it’s not a trick question. The commute gets a bad rap in popular culture, its imagery that of monstrous tailbacks on the M25...
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...
Dealing With the Digital Riptide

Dealing With the Digital Riptide

“I’m trying to get you the same result, but with less effort.” I was surprised to hear this from someone other than myself, but I wasn’t the one coaching this time. It was Youness, my surf coach. Under normal circumstances I’d have had a fair amount to contribute to...
This Summer’s Flotsam and Jetsam

This Summer’s Flotsam and Jetsam

Monika Danner has worked in corporate HR and leadership roles for more than 15 years. She has been a GTD® practitioner since 2014 and is now a certified GTD trainer for Next Action Partners in Germany. “Your projects list is a composite picture of the future you want...
GTD for Couples (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.

GTD for Couples (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...
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...
GTD for Couples (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...
GTD for Couples (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,...
GTD for Couples (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...
GTD for Couples (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:...
GTD for Couples (Video Podcast)

Managing Others with GTD (Video Podcast)

In this episode, Todd Brown and Robert Peake talk about how GTD can help you manage your personal and professional relationships clearly and effectively. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast Transcript [music] 00:06 Robert Peake: Welcome everyone to...

Is GTD® for You?

Todd Brown asks the question: “Is GTD® for you?”, and explores why GTD might be useful in maximising productivity and reducing stress.
GTD for Couples (Video Podcast)

GTD and FOMO (Video Podcast)

In this episode, Todd Brown and Robert Peake talk about how to navigate the straits between information overwhelm and fear of missing out (FOMO) using the GTD methodology. Click to play this episode Subscribe to the Podcast
Weekly Hot Chocolate: Family Management With GTD®

Weekly Hot Chocolate: Family Management With GTD®

Written by Moni Danner. When new parents return to work after maternity/paternity leave, they are often noticeably more efficient than before. Managing family life, especially with small children, forces us into a tighter temporal corset, and that demands pretty...