GTD – Getting Things Done

GTD is the shorthand brand for “Getting Things Done®”, the ground-breaking work-life management system by David Allen that provides concrete solutions for transforming overwhelm and uncertainty into an integrated system of stress-free productivity.

GTD is a powerful method to manage commitments, information, and communication. It is the result of thirty years of consulting services, private coaching, training, and organizational programs with millions of people internationally. It has earned a reputation as the gold standard in personal and organisational productivity.

GTD enables greater performance, capacity and innovation. It alleviates the feeling of overwhelm, instilling focus, clarity and confidence.

Step by step you will learn how to:

  • Capture anything and everything that has your attention and concern
  • Define actionable things into concrete next steps and successful outcomes
  • Organize information in the most streamlined way, in appropriate categories, based on how and when you need to access it
  • Keep current and “ahead of the game” with appropriately frequent reviews
  • Keep track of the bigger picture while managing the small details
  • Make trusted choices about what to do in any given moment

Decades of in the field research and practice of GTD led to the publishing of the international best-seller Getting Things Done. Published in over 28 languages, TIME magazine heralded it as “the defining self-help business book of its time.”

The Getting Things Done methodology rests on the idea that a person needs to move tasks out of the mind by recording them externally, so the mind is free from the job of remembering the tasks that need to be completed. One can then concentrate on performing the tasks, instead of remembering.

GTD is based on storing, tracking and retrieving the information related to the things that need to get done. Mental blocks we all commonly encounter from time-to-time are caused by insufficient ‘front-end’ planning. This means thinking in advance, generating a series of actions which can later be undertaken without further planning, is the solution to solving mental blockages.

Alas the human brain’s “reminder system” is inefficient and seldom reminds us of what we need to do at the right time and place when we can do it. Consequently, the “next actions” stored by context in a “trusted system” can act as an external support which ensures that we are presented with the right reminders at the right time. GTD relies on external memories and can be viewed as an application of the theories of distributed cognition or the extended mind.