Getting Things Done (GTD), an organizational work-life managament system created by productivity consultant David Allen, provides concrete solutions for transforming overwhelm and uncertainty into an integrated system of stress free productivity.

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What is the ultimate personal organization system?

I have so far tried many task- and/or life-management systems and apps, solo and in conjunction. And while they are all great in one way or another I have failed to find an app or a combination of ...
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Understanding GTD and email filing

So I really wanted to try getting to "Inbox Zero", and becoming more productive. I really like how I can use categories and set tasks/followups, change views, etc to make my life easier. However, ...
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What is an efficient way for storing paper based reference materials?

I have a bunch of reference materials which cannot be scanned. What are efficient ways for storing/filing such materials? Manila folders get mentioned a lot, but in my attempts of using them I have ...
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GTD - Horizons of Focus

I'm practicing GTD with the FacileThings app. I'm doing the control part pretty well (I think), but I'm getting more insecure about the Horizons of Focus / Perspective facet of GTD. The examples for ...
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Task manager with organized tags

I'm looking for a GTD task manager software with the ability to organize areas of responsibility in an hierarchical way. Few GDT style applications I've tried seem to manage the creation of projects ...
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How does GTD fade to the background?

David Allen talks on one of his audio programs about the GTD process fading to the background, meaning it's just the way you work without thinking about it anymore. I have been doing GTD of and on for ...
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Is there a FOSS, full-featured, cloudless GTD software that supports both desktop and mobile platforms?

Excuse the very specific question, but I think my criteria are warranted. Having read Getting Things Done, it seems that the system offered by David Allen not only has merits, but it is also ...
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Reducing Decision Fatigue by offloading to paper - Where does it fit in the personal productivity world?

Much of personal productivity methodology seems to be based on reducing the strain on the brain of deciding what to do. What I have found help is to write down of a paper the tasks I think I should ...
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Is there evidence that GTD increases productivity?

Is there evidence that David Allen's Getting Things Done strategy actually works? I am aware of much anecdotal praise, but with anecdotes, it is hard to say whether the system actually helped the ...
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How does The Secret Weapon work, exactly? [closed]

While looking for advice on implementing the Getting Things Done system in Evernote, I found The Secret Weapon. I haven't read Allen's book yet. It appears they roughly implement GTD by having a ...
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Daily Review vs. Weekly Review?

I'm currently in the process of defining and starting my GTD system. While I understand the overall aim of the review is to assign yourself time to process your inbox and review your lists/tickler, ...
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Planning productive results beyond 1-2 months: systems? SMART goals? Something else?

I just finished reading "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big" by Scott Adams. In his book and also on his blog he talks about "goals vs systems" as if they're opponents. His views ...
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What are some critiques of David Allen's GTD system?

I'm curious if people could point me to some constructive critiques (books, essays, videos, etc) of David Allen's GTD system.
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How to use OneNote to implement a GTD system?

In standard* fashion, I must ask how to use OneNote to implement a GTD system? * Using Remember The Milk for GTD *Using Evernote to implement GTD
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Combining Linenberger approach Master Your Workday Now (MYWN) with emacs

Does anybody have a good setup for combining Linenberger's approach MYWN Master Your Workday Now (http://michaellinenberger.com/) with Gnu Emacs (preferably org-mode)? The essence of the approach by ...
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What is the best way to organize university courses with GTD?

I've started to implement GTD to my life recently and I was figuring out, how should I organize my university courses into my system? They're not really goals (courses are pretty small for a goal) and ...
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Putting “maybes” on calendar

My impression of GTD is that it's pretty strict about your calendar - it should only contain the necessary things (meetings, time-specific tasks), so you can get a picture of the landscape of your ...
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How can I transfer my GTD system from Things on Mac, to anything on Android?

I've been using Things for iPhone and Mac. But, I just switched to an Android. How can I move all of my stuff to an Android GTD app? I don't really care which Android GTD app.
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Is a general management responsibility a GTD project?

I have several responsibilities which in theory require me to take considered actions, but in practice many of those actions are emphemeral - such as the responsibility to manage certain types of ...
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Timebox scheduling in GTD

I have somewhat of a dilemma with my GTD system. Lately I started outlining schedules in my application of choice (CC Things). The idea was to create explicit repeating tasks for major activities ...
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What kind of permissions are necessary to give a workshop or write a book about GTD? [closed]

Today I was participating in a discussion panel for instructors at my university and we got to talking about time management. I recommend to the audience that they should read David Allen's GTD book, ...
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How to know if I'm being too slow in a project with a GTD system?

If I use a classical project management tool like a Gantt diagram, I know if I'm being too slow because I can see the critical path. If a task is not completed in the time allowed, I'm probably not ...
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Restoring integrity after capturing too many ideas in GTD

GTD as the Curse of Facebook (GTD buzzwords italicized): Like any human, I generate many more ideas than I can execute. However, I meticulously capture these ideas with a GTD system (ticklers, ...
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Productivity, getting started?

I read GTD, ZTD, and, a ton of web articles about productivity.But, the problem is always the same - how do I start? That's always the same problem with new habits or life changes, determining the ...
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Content lists in GTD system or in separate services

I have a system that involves content lists (as I call them). I use Things by Cultured Code and some time ago I'd been using it with these kinds of lists too. Here how it works: I have a list ...
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Does the 2 minute rule apply during weekly reviews?

The first part of a "Getting Things Done" (GTD) weekly review is getting clear: emptying the inbox. At the same time, the weekly review is for reviewing, not doing. For tasks less than two minutes, it ...
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What should I do when my inboxes are filling faster than I can empty them?

I use the word "inbox" in the generic GTD sense, i.e. anywhere that "stuff" can accumulate, awaiting processing. At work, I receive a lot of emails. I also go to a lot of meetings at which I pick up ...
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What frameworks exist for establishing and questioning goals or objectives

I have been using the GTD methodology and I have the control side of it well in hand. However, for the perspective side, contained in the 'horizons of focus' technique, I'm having trouble establishing ...
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How to assess the worth of my free time? [closed]

What are the best approaches to assess the cost of my free time? I am looking for suggestions on formulas for computing the cost of one hour of my free time in money equivalent for decision making. ...
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In GTD, is a project a context?

At my workplace, I work on multiple projects, usually at the same time. GTD seems to suggest defining contexts by what resources are available, e.g. @Desk. But if I'm at my desk, there's typically a ...
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Is there a GTD app that has a good system for horizons of focus?

I have been using the Walker iphone GTD app. Its great, but the horizons of focus part of it is really lacking. It feels like this part of the app was added as an after thought. The rest of the app is ...
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Should I look for a new job? [closed]

In my current job we use Struts 1, hibernate and oracle. This is my first job and I have been working here for 2 years now. They pay me well here. And if I move on to a different job, I will probably ...
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How many next actions to make a note of in a project in GTD?

I'm using Omnifocus for my GTD implementation. I find myself spending a lot of time defining a lot of next actions. Inevitably by the time I get to next action 6 of 10 the remaining 4 are no longer ...
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What is the fastest way to send emails to myself?

I have some success using gmail inbox as my primary GTD inbox. One glitch however is that it takes a lot of steps to send email to myself, which I want to do to clear my head. Right now I do this in ...
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How to use Getting Things Done to identify things I keep not getting to?

(I use Remember the Milk as my main GTD app, FYI.) As I understand it, you shouldn't assign artificial due dates to tasks because then you can't trust the system. You'll look at it and say "Oh, ...
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Scientific studies of time management techniques

This is my first post here, and I would like to say hello to everybody who is reading and writing posts on Personal Productivity Stack Exchange :) I have known this subject (personal productivity) ...
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Too many independent next actions

Because of accumulation, I have far too many tasks that qualify as a "next action" (say, 200+). Many of these tasks are independent and do not belong to a project. For example, it could be [1] ...
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How to continue GTD during high-stress periods and afterwards?

Often during crunch time of a project when only one goal is of supreme priority, I stop looking at my next action list because it is obvious what the next action ought to be. If such event persists ...
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Making sure read/review list actually gets read/reviewed

I am finding that my list of papers to read ends up growing over time, never actually decreasing in size. I happily file something from my inbox into a folder, then proceed to immediately forget about ...
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How to work on multiple projects effectively?

I'm working on 2 projects, both investors are in a hurry, and I'm a computer sciences student. It's summertime now but in fall, I have no room to breath. Sometimes I feel like not doing anything, ...
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How to keep myself at the same high motivation level over time?

I have my ups and my downs as everyone. Experimenting with techniques for getting stuff done, organising life etc. is my second nature and I love documenting my attribution in different conditions and ...
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How to use kanban board to do GTD?

Almost everybody in my department at the university use an online kanban board (KanbanTool) to manage writing papers, preparing and conducting classes and exams for students etc. in line with Kanban ...
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How do I combine the principles of GTD with those of the fifth discipline

GTD and The Fifth Discipline are two great books, and systems that are both relevant to almost everything in work and life, but focus on different areas, and make you look at it from a different ...
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How do you remember to work off your todo list?

I have a problem with working off my todo list (which is a canonical GTD next-action list in digital form.) The problem is that I never remember to look at the list for determining what to do next. I ...
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How to maintain Day-Specific Actions such that they don't become Daily To-Do lists?

Following quotes are picked out from the GTD book of David Allen: Day-Specific Actions: These are things that you need to do some- time on a certain day, but not necessarily at a specific time. ...
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How to incorporate the processing diagram of GTD on paper?

What would be an efficient way of penning down these branches with my own activities on paper?
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How do you organize your life in Asana?

I am looking forward to migrate fully to Asana from Things because of pricing/costs reasons. What I have right now in Things (for Mac) is : Today Next Scheduled Someday Projects I have never used ...
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While browsing, how can I quickly capture thoughts/ideas across locations and environments into a centralized, searchable medium?

While actively browsing the internet (via phone/tablet/desktop), how can I quickly file an impromptu thought or idea into a centralized, searchable medium -- but importantly -- through a method that's ...
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Simple program with subtasks

I need a program (something similar to Google Tasks but with showing/hiding subtasks) with following functionality: tasks subtasks (with multiple level, so I can, say, create a task with 3 ...
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An app like Trello, but without the Metro UI?

Trello is so much better for me than Wunderlist. But it doesn't have a non-Metro UI for Windows. Heck the app for Win 8 doesn't even work for me. When I add a board, it doesn't get updated in the app. ...