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David Allen: Getting Things Done to clear the space for creative work. – Love Your Work, Episode 85

August 03 2017 – 07:30am

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Almost 15 years ago, Getting Things Done started taking the internet by storm. Techies started buying binder clips and index cards in bulk. Today, “next actions” and “contexts” are commonplace in teams around the world. Just about everyone knows GTD stands for Getting Things Done.

When I was trying to deal with wearing multiple hats as a designer in an architecture firm, I absorbed some GTD through osmosis to get on top of my daily tasks.

A few years later, when I finally listened to the audiobook for GTD, I could feel my brain being rearchitected. I captured everything that was on my mind, and developed a habit of doing a “weekly review.” Suddenly, my creative energy was unleashed. And so was my energy for thinking about the bigger picture, like what I wanted out of my life and my career.

Millions of people have been impacted by GTD in this way. It’s all thanks to our guest today. After more than 20 years as a productivity consultant, David Allen (@gtdguy) finally put his knowledge into book form with Getting Things Done, which came out in 2001. Since then, he’s taken GTD global, with certified GTD consultants all over the world. One of his top people even lives not too far from me down in Colombia.

Here’s what we’ll talk about in this conversation.

If you want to know what all the GTD fuss is about, read my Getting Things Done book summary.

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