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Work Faster For Less Effort

Work Faster For Less Effort

When it comes to work, you can be as fast as you want to, because it’s all about efficiency. If you can reduce the friction in your working processes, you will inevitably work faster and with less effort, meaning that you’ll be more effective in what you...
Down to Earth with a Thump

Down to Earth with a Thump

My GTD® origin story is evergreen. There was a point in my life when I had a technical, fairly transactional role that I was doing well in, and to prove that no good deed goes unpunished, I was promoted to manager. I was rubbish at it: woefully unprepared for the rash...
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...
Absolutely Not, and Yes, Absolutely

Absolutely Not, and Yes, Absolutely

When we help someone build their GTD® ‘external brain’; their ‘trusted list keeper’ for remembering all of their commitments, sometimes they feel that they don’t want to put all their personal items into their company computer. This can be for various reasons: they...
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...
Work Like A Boss

Work Like A Boss

Imagine you’re the CEO of a huge corporation. You’re naturally very busy, and your time has to be carefully managed from moment you get to the office in the morning to the moment you leave at night. But you have the best PA in the world, at your side at all...
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.

Snapshot From My Life

Snapshot From My Life

Daniel Glaser is crossing America on a Winston Churchill Fellowship (www.wcmt.org.uk) exploring what the fears and promise of AI reveal about human nature. Snapshot from my life: it is mid-afternoon, and I’m trying to decide on whether to offer myself the treat...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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.
I Wonder…?

I Wonder…?

Last Christmas I was given a gift so special I became teary-eyed. It was a book by my favourite author and inside the cover was a touching handwritten message from him to me. However, what I found even more remarkable about it, I realised only later, wasn’t the gift...
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:...
Quick Wins with GTD (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...
Quick Wins with GTD (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
How to Get More Balance in Life with GTD (Video)

How to Get More Balance in Life with GTD (Video)

How to Get More Balance in Life with GTD (Video) Todd Brown talks about how it is important to get balance in life, and how Getting Things Done® (GTD®) helps to create better balance through the Threefold Nature of Work Model. Click to play this...
Are You a One-Context Wonder?

Are You a One-Context Wonder?

Toni Basil. Los del Río. Baha Men. You may not recognise these band names, but if you lived through the 80s, 90s, and 00s, you are almost certainly familiar with “[Hey] Mickey”, “Macarena”, and “Who Let the Dogs Out?” All of these...