I have implemented 2 x systems - one for personal life and one for professional life. They are working well and I have read most of the book and it has honestly changed my life for the better because I used to never be able to relax on a Sunday without feeling guilty that I should be doing something else!Jessica Portway
I've always been into organisational methods, and I'd been learning about GTD for a while. However, being trained by Marcus Ramtohul made a world of difference - I was finally able to overcome that fear of creating a "someday/maybe" list and I finally understood the power of putting everything down in writing. I'd also never fully finessed my own personalised GTD "system". But, after being trained in the fundamentals of GTD by Marcus, I got it. I'm very happy with it now. Thank you Marcus!"Marcelo Cervone
I've been practising GTD for about 15 years now, and it's been genuinely life changing. Thanks to GTD, I'm known for thinking clearly, being on top of things, and always delivering what I say I will (which sounds simple, but is actually a pretty high bar). My relationships have flourished as I’m able to be much more present in each interaction. All of this richness has been completely underpinned by GTD. At first GTD seemed like hard work, but the payoff has been absolutely worth it....What price a successful career and happy life?
Once you get used to the suggested approach and develop your GTD habits it all becomes as easy and natural as riding a bike. But even when you are good at riding a bike, when you're riding up a steep hill it becomes tougher (life also has tough/stressful times). GTD is like the gears on your bike. If you downshift to the right gear it becomes easier again, and allows you to keep moving forward no matter what life throws at you.
My suggestion? Don't get caught in the classic error of being too busy to learn how to handle busy times - when the going gets tough in my world, my GTD system comes to the rescue.
Get to a seminar, get a coach or read the books - whatever works for you. Put in some effort for a bumper payout!Jimmy Barber
GTD is a big part of my day (Personal & Business). I certainly wouldn't have been able to launch & run my handbag business single handedly without the help of it! It allows me to organise my lists & emails into priority, as well as subject, which is hugely helpful when you are trying to be the designer, website builder, photographer, researcher, events coordinator and run the social media of your company. You learn how to do about 10 peoples jobs when you start your own business, and that means juggling a lot of to-do lists! GTD has allowed me to build my business without the stress of feeling out of control, and it has kept me on track, knowing I will hit my goals in the timeframe I have.Clare Alban-Moore
Great stuff, very inspiring!
I like the way you break the year up and give insights into what is valuable to me now and what is good preparation for busy times ahead. I wonder a lot about whether I am enjoying the present enough at times, you know, carpe diem, am I spending my energy wisely, am I not procrastinating again...
Your talks about what to take into consideration and get done to free up time to enjoy are very much appreciated! I admire the way you put in so much information into 20 minutes, too. There's always theory, practice, implementation tips, and a great summary at the end. I mean it all sounds very effortless - and I love your expression "riffing along"! But it is a neat capsule of information and inspiration.
I just subscribed to your newsletter and am looking forward to new podcasts. One idea you two suggested, to talk about how many principles of GTD were already out there and are reflected in quotes from history or famous people - sounds great! Actually, it made me think of the religious calendar and how such time-honored practices probably reflect a lot of insights people before us already had in productivity principles.
Many many thanks indeed for a really excellent session yesterday – I really enjoyed myself and it actually exceeded my expectations by a long way – including lots of really timely and interesting challenges for me! I have had a good morning this morning turning my pathetically vague project and action titles into something more action focussed and already I can see what the difference will makeLiz Carlile
I remain a big GTD fan, and practitioner, and read your and your colleagues’ Next Action Associates emails with great interest. I’m still very grateful to you, for your very effective introduction of GTD to my work and personal life. I’d say it’s been a game changer for me.Viktor Danielson
As a convinced user of the GTD methodology, I feel my life has become more structured - in a good way. I can maintain a clear focus on my priorities and I achieve a lot more than before. This is true for my work but also in my private life. Because GTD frees up resources and time, I have more space for leisure, sports, health and fun!Thomas Leubner
Finding GTD 8 years ago was life-changing – in both my personal and professional lives. Frankly, I can’t really remember how I managed ‘pre-GTD’. Now, having all of the commitments in my life in one place – my commitments to others and others’ to me – gives me a tremendous sense of inner peace and allows me to really be present and focus on what I have in front of me. I rarely forget things I’ve committed to these days. The work with Next Action was essential, both in getting things set up initially and with tune-ups over time. Over time I’ve been able to offer GTD to my teams, and many of them have also become GTD fans.Stefan Feltens
Having personally embarked on the GTD journey almost five years ago now, I can honestly say this personal productivity methodology has changed my life dramatically for the better. As a result of GTD, I’m faster, less stressed, more able to make decisions and happier at work and in life.Spencer Hanlon
I’m in so much more control of my work. I’m now confident that what I am doing at any moment is what I should be doing. My email inbox is often zero, and usually stays below about ten. If I receive a request to do something I know straight away whether I can do it, and how it will fit in with my other projects and actions. The best thing is, I’m no longer thinking (or worrying) about what I’m supposed to be doing at work – my mind has been freed up to focus on much more useful and better things.Sam Spencer
In our professional and private life we sometimes feel increasingly overwhelmed by the abundance of different kind of jobs, tasks and commitments. The GTD methodology helps me to set the right priorities, bring structure in my fast evolving schedule and with that provides me with the desired freedom for being creative, innovative and efficient. For me and my many team members, who participated in GTD courses, it has been a defining learning experience we don’t want to miss at all.Robert Hardt
Using the GTD principles, I am much more in control of what is happening, more able to proactively set the agenda for what we need to do and not just fight fires all the time. It is very liberating. It has been a big help to improve the total team’s effectiveness too; not everybody picks up all the principles equally well, but enough has sunk in to make it part of the culture. Great ROI to be sure.Rob Neill
I just wanted to say thank you for inviting me to come along Thursday. Given the level of value I felt guilty I'd even questioned the price of training in my mind and my level of cynicism around it when I first was reading about it, wondering why it was different.
The training day has a combination of factors that made it really powerful for me; yes the concepts, theories and system are really useful and helpful, but when you combined that with the quality of the training materials and your delivery as a trainer it really impressed me as a whole. The way it's structured and delivered taps into a lot of theories around how people learn well.
Personally though, I came away with hope that I can find a better way to stress free existence as a business owner. I have always considered myself pretty organised and motivated, and most people that know me would say that, but I got so much from the course. There were ideas that had never occured to me, the way it combines as a system will be a step up - I viewed it as a way to become super-organised so no longer do I have to worry as much and keep a signficant amount in my head. It will probably mean I can take on a larger workload as I'm not holding it all in my head - I always find I hit a limit at about 5 projects, I can't take the distraction of focus as soon as there is more. But with this, I could manage more by dealing with things at the right time. I struggle to sleep when I'm busy and I see this as a way forward and being able to sleep again, even under greater pressures.
I am focusing on starting to set the system up today - and I know this is only an email - but I wanted to say a big thank you! I am so pleased I met you, and you have converted me to a fan - I'd love to take you out for lunch or dinner at least to say thank you and brainstorm how I can take this to my connections in the HR industry.Rebecca Stevens
Thanks so much for this – this is by far the best training I have ever been on in terms of how much I got out of it and how enjoyable the day was!Pippa Stanley
A simply brilliant way of prioritizing workflow, managing projects, and actually doing it all with far less stress.Peter Casebow
Every participant genuinely enjoyed the seminar, and this really triggered a good deal of self-reflection in all of us. What I know from my personal observation and the dialogue with my colleagues: We are all working on applying the learnings and on integrating, with different degrees, the GTD methodology. Thanks again for a very valuable and ‘positively disruptive’ learning experience.Nicolas Zuercher
Thanks again for your valuable training and time given to us, I'm now on track and last weekend I felt the difference, I didn't have to spend time reading my emails, and all actions have been done on Sunday, just enjoyed my time with my family.Mona
This was probably the most useful training I've ever received. Thank you! I was away from work most of yesterday but been living through today, well, Getting Things Done, really! And raving about it all, getting colleagues and neighbours highly intrigued.Matthias Abraham
When I first heard about Getting Things Done I was a bit skeptical. As a senior leader of a large department with a global remit I thought that I already knew all I needed to know about ‘getting organized’. In many ways that was true, but after the first few hours of coaching it became clear that there was a lot that GTD could offer to raise my game, particularly in terms of helping me to stay focused on things that are important to me in my professional and personal life.Marion Horstmann
Learning about GTD was a revelation - it's helped me organise my life inside work out outside of it, leading to me being happier, more productive and less stressed. Judy was a great teacher - patient, reassuring and great at explaining the ideas behind the system. I am still using it months on and developing it, and would really recommend her class to anyone else - whether they think they need it or not, they will find a benefit.Louise Ridley
When I first moved into a complex international leadership role I started to feel more and more overwhelmed by trying to keep up with too many to-dos, large and small. Worse, I regularly lost track of things I had delegated to my team. When I was introduced to GTD it not only helped me regain a sense of control of what I’m doing, but also to be sure I am aware of all tasks I have asked someone else to handle. That clarity has allowed for proper follow-up with my team.
GTD turned out to be a “life-saver” for me professionally, and after using it consistently for the past five years I still feel it is one of the most effective techniques to achieve my personal and professional goals.
GTD is a program that I have successfully applied for several years now. It really helps to process and prioritize all that “stuff” that comes in to you everyday life – personal and professional. You can focus on your goals. Based on my personal experience with GTD I have also implemented it in my team and reactions have been thoroughly positive.Kerstin Wagner