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Burnout – GTD As Vaccine And Antidote

Burnout – GTD As Vaccine And Antidote

“We help our clients get more of the right things done, with less stress.” There are more poetic, and more nuanced versions, but the above is the most succinct summary of our work I’ve been able to find. Twelve years ago, when we set up the business, most of our...
Is Your Work-Life Balance Optimal?

Is Your Work-Life Balance Optimal?

This blog is shaped by the fact we are in Mental Health Awareness Month. I was struck when I attended the 2019 MadWorld Summit, by their memorable event tag line: “We all have Mental Health”. I’m reminded of this when I’m explaining to people about Horizon 2: Areas of...
Does Mental Health And Safety Need A New Standard?

Does Mental Health And Safety Need A New Standard?

What happens when you hear the words ‘Health and Safety’? I’ll wager there’s maybe an involuntary eye-roll, or images in your head of jobsworth colleagues in a high-vis vest putting signs around a spillage. Of course, we all grudgingly recognise the role that Health...
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...
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.

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...
Is GTD Time Management? (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.

Is GTD Time Management? (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...
Is GTD Time Management? (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...
Is GTD Time Management? (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,...