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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How to use Evernote to implement GTD?

One of the top FAQs is How to use RTM to implement a GTD system. I've decided against RTM, I don't like it as described in a previous thread of mine. I want to know how people use Evernote to ...
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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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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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TO-DO app with ability to categorize, set due dates, priorities and notes for a task

Basically, I'm looking for a merge of teambox, things and redmine. Does anyone knows anything like that? ;) It should have really nice UI and be extremely simple to use. Cross platform or web/linux. ...
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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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Are there any applications to create workflows for todos?

Currently I use sheet of paper, pencil and eraser; but it is just a bit tedious; especially when making things more detailed. Just text example with different levels of detail: Drink water from ...
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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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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 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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What does a digital tickler file look like?

I'm in the process of implementing my GTD process, and I'm starting to run in to items that I want to put in a tickler file. The implementation of a physical tickler file makes tons of sense, but its ...
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How to better switch gears between tasks?

I can never get myself to start things. When I do, however, and there's an unsolvable problem that needs solving, if I pick up even a little momentum in trying to solve it, I will stay on the ...
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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 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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Are there software solutions that implement Structured Procrastination?

Let me just say this philosophical essay changed my way of working: Structured Procrastination Basically it says that you should put urgent critical tasks at the very top of the list; but ones that ...
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Is there an electronic task management software that stores encrypted data in the cloud for syncing with other devices?

My question is basically what the title says. I am trying several software for GTD/todo/task management, focusing on syncing between laptops and cellphones. Although most of the software transfer ...
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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 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 emails into a GTD system?

How should emails fit into a Getting Things Done (GTD) system? Should each actionable email be copied into the GTD system? Should the email account keep a duplicate set of GTD "lists"? Or some other ...
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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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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. ...
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Todo/Task/Self-organizer with offline access for Linux

I need a Task/Todo/Self-organizer solution with the following requirements: Offline access on laptop & mobile (via browser extension or native client) Support for Android (via mobile web UI or ...
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Is it possible to plan a project without deadlines?

I want, for example, to develop a game in Unit3d as my "pet project". I have zero knowledgment of Unity, so I don't know if my game will take days, weeks, months or years to finish. I thought about ...
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How do you manage stress and anxiety when you have dozens of things to do, even If they are organised in detail?

After many years of research I believe I have a nice gtd system for my needs. But even If tasks progress, I feel overwhelmed with stress and anxiety. I am in the point of realising that the list won't ...
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How to improve my personal productivity system?

I am using evernote, mac mail, google calendar and mac reminders. I have tried almost everything and every website/application out there. My main problem was to have as few inboxes as possible and ...
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How to process the items of a project or tasks without a specific deadline?

I have gone several times through the GTD book of David Allen and I have some questions left unanswered: First, I collect all stuff in an Evernote notebook called "Inbox", for example: "Buy some ...
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Tasks that end up taking longer than 2 minutes

I am typically very good at following the portion of GTD that says if a task takes two minutes or less, just do it then. If not, defer it until later. But, sometimes I have something captured that I ...
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How to capture thoughts in inconvenient moments?

I use a GTD system, which places a lot of focus on capturing thoughts for processing into next actions or projects. I've personally found this to be very helpful in getting myself more organized, but ...
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Merge daily todo with project todo

I'm on a quest of finding the best tool to manage what I do. TL;DR: Freelance web developer looking for tool to connect project management and daily tasks. I like Getting Things Done methodology a ...
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Advice on GTD productivity system

I'm considering spending the $48 per month on the GTD (Getting things done) system advertised by David Allen. Is this a complete time management and productivity system ? Do you need to purchase ...
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GTD spreadsheet based system with alert or Calendar (iCal, gCal) notifications

I create a GTD system based on excel, whose link I report here. The advantage of having this gtd is that I can share it with my european colleagues without the need of having a dedicated software ...
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What does Inbox Zero really mean?

We have been having a discussion about this. Several people say that they follow Inbox Zero, but do very different things. The variations that I have heard are: All emails read, but still in the ...
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System that blends First things First and GTD?

I've been impressed by some of the aspects of both GTD and Covey's First Things First approaches, but can't get to grips with how to combine them. Are there any complete and available systems that ...
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How to organise the mental and physical chaos in my life?

I have been reading and experimenting with techniques for many years. I have read the GTD book among dozens of others but I still can't find the answers to everyday problems. Working as a Web ...
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in GTD system. Where do I keep projects/Project planning?

I am just starting GTD, and trying to setup my system, but I am confused about where/how to keep projects. Are projects stored as reference material? What about Project planning? Would this be in ...
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Handling task dependencies with GTD

How does Getting Things Done (GTD) recommend handling task dependencies (one task that can't be started until another task is completed)? I understand how it works when they are part of the same ...
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GTD Excel Sheet Template

Is there any excel sheet template, or some simple file format which can be used for GTD task tracking? This is basically required for Windows Platform. I have been using Things on my home Mac and ...
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What's the best task manager with sync with Android?

I'm trying to find a task manager to use in my notebook and Android. I wanna hear from you what's the best task manager that let's you sync to use it online, in a notebook, tablet, smartphone Android, ...
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How do I properly integrate The Pomodoro Technique with GTD?

The Pomodoro Technique isn't merely about setting up a timer and working for 25 minutes. To truly benefit from the technique one must look at how to spend those 25-minute blocks across tasks. This ...
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Are there fundamental behaviors that cut across multiple productivity systems?

A variety of productivity systems and techniques are discussed on this site (e.g. GTD, Inbox Zero, FTF, Pomodoro, etc.); however, lots of folks probably land here because they're looking to learn more ...
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What are the weaknesses of the GTD system?

For those who use the GTD (Getting Things Done) system or have used it in the past, what are some areas where GTD is weak and might need improvement?
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How to notate that a task can't be started until a separate task is completed in GTD

I did a search through the site and found some similar questions with some answers that aren't quite what I'm after. What I'm looking for is if there is a recommended way to note that a task is ...
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What is the linkage between “next actions” and “projects” in GTD?

Getting Things Done (GTD) defines a "project" as anything that will take more than one action to be considered complete. "Next action" items, with a specific context, are kept handy so that when an ...
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What other techniques are equivalent to GTD and Pomodoro effectiveness-wise?

I learn that GTD and Pomodoro are two broadly and greatly appreciated as very effective techniques. I therefor intent to study and practice both of them and try to use them together. But I'd like to ...
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Evernote implements GTD?

The GTD page on Wikipedia says that Evernote implements GTD. How is that possible? I know that Evernote can be personally used in a way so as to implement GTD, as said in: How to use Evernote to ...
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Is Grindstone well suited for keeping track of all GTD related lists? [closed]

I want to follow GTD principles and am evaluating Grindstone for storing next actions, "maybe" list, list of projects, etc. Is it well suited for this? What limitations of Grindstone would I likely ...
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How do I register deadlines in a GTD system?

In a GTD system, I have (among other things) a list of "next actions" organized by context, which are things that I have decided I should act on at my discretion, and a calendar, which shows things ...
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Ultimate E-mail (Outlook 2013 and/or Gmail)

I have read about GTD, 5 sentences and have seen the inbox zero video. I am currently using Outlook 2012 (preview) which I like a lot. I have used outlook 2010 and 2007 before. I am wondering if ...
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How to deal with problems associated with dyslexia?

I think I might be dyslexic . Here are the reasons why: I seem to forget the same words over and over again (don't we all?). I find it difficult to remember names of people after six months (even ...
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How to get a GTD Inbox in taskwarrior?

I am currently in the process of switching my task management software from Things to taskwarrior. (Cultured Code introduced cloud synchronization, even without encryption, in Things 2, so I'm out). ...