How Does the Getting Things Done Time Management Method Work?
Getting Things Done (GTD) is probably the most famous proprietory time management method. It was developed by David Allen. It’s simple to explain and complex to implement well.
For some people, GTD works like a dream. Others find it to complicated.
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Program 1: Managing Yourself
Course 6: Personal Productivity
Section 2: Time Management
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David Allen’s book, ‘Getting Things Done’, offers an intricate time management system.
Core principles of GTD:
• Relieve stress & release mental capacity, by emptying your brain of all the things you want to do. Transfer them to an external system, which can be electronic or paper-based.
• ‘Bottom-up’ approach starts with all your ideas and synthesizes them to your medium-term and life-scale goals.
• Deliberate and detailed workflow.
Getting Things Done five-step workflow:
1. Capture: Collect what has your attention
2. Clarify: Process what it means (8 options)
Is a task actionable?
If not: trash (1), a ‘maybe’ file (2), or file for reference (3)
If it is, will it take more than one step?
If so, it’s a project that needs a plan (4)
If not, and you can do it under 2 minutes, do it now (5)
If you can, delegate it, and record it on a ‘waiting for’ list (6)
For the rest, decide whether to schedule it (7) or put it on a to-do list (8)
3. Organise: Put it where it belongs
4. Reflect: Review your lists frequently
5. Engage: Just do it
1. Test out Getting Things Done for yourself. Does it work for you? Use it for a week. (10 MC CPD Points)
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– The Time Management Pocketbook
– How to Manage Your Time
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– The Yes/No Book: How to do less… and achieve more
And here are my picks from the thousands of other books on personal productivity, effective working, & time management:
– The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
– The Power of Habit: Why we Do what we Do, and How to Change
– Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
– Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating
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