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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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 any psychological research into the value of GTD's trusted outside system?

One of the basic ideas of GTD is to dump all the things that are on your mind outside your skull, because you can't trust your brain to reliably remember all the details. Personally I find this ...
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Do I need to use projects to track sub-tasks?

I am just starting on adopting GTD and while this might be a very naive question, I did not see it get answered on the forum. The question essentially is, how frequently would you create projects to ...
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When to reply to e-mails?

Does GTD, or any other agile/time-management method give an advice/best practice about when to reply e-mails? I am talking about typical e-mails, which requires some work to be done (1 hour+). It is ...
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GTD app for iPad?

I'm trying to find a great GTD app for my iPad. I don't have any other iOS devices or a Mac, but I want to ability to access it through my PC (web based is fine). A lot of the better GTD systems seem ...
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How to discern between actionable items and someday/maybe?

GTD question: I'm very good at capturing "stuff". My problem comes in at classifying the stuff as actionable or someday/maybe. It's all actionable, right? How do I classify items as someday/maybe ...
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How to handle next actions that get blocked by new next actions?

It happens all the time I start working on a next action and in the process of completing it I hit a roadblock. Either I have to wait for someone else to complete their work or I need to complete ...
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In GTD how do I track projects with subprojects?

I have been using GTD for several years now but I still find it difficult to manage projects with obvious sub projects that roll up into them. These are usually longer term projects with hundreds or ...
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How to define GTD contexts at work?

I'm exercising GTD for a long time and I've always found it hard to define contexts for my work place. My role is a project manager and I work at the office where I have access to a phone, a computer, ...
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GTD - Duplicating Items between lists

I am trying to implement GTD using OneNote. If for example I have a project "fix house" and a next action "ring plumber" Should that action be on 3 lists: Next actions list At phone list Project ...
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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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Arranging next actions to figure out what to do next

I spend too much time figuring out what to do next. GTD helped me clarify incoming items and filter out "someday", "reference", "@errand", etc. so now I have a very nice list of about 80 "next ...
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Should you use the standard task application in your e-mail system?

I see a lot of people use the standard task application in their e-mail client. This forces you to keep e-mail open all day long, looking over what to do next multiple times a day. Side effect is that ...
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When to clean inbox in the daily routine in GTD?

In GTD method, one important thing is to clean the inbox tasks once time everyday. But what is the best moment to do it? First at the morning? When come back from work? Before to go to the bed? I ...
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Which GTD apps provide cloud syncing, android device access, and SSL?

It seems like every system I've tried is missing something. Remember the Milk Requires paid for android application and requires a lot of tinkering because of it's flexibility. Producteev Doesn't ...
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Starting GTD without collecting everything

In the past, I've attempted to use GTD and have failed miserably. Of the past attempts, the biggest problem was the collecting phase: even after dedicating time to the task (2-3 days), I could not ...
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Can a project have multiple next actions?

I've recently read over Getting Things Done again, after reading Making Things Work, and as I was starting to implement my GTD system, I ran into an issue. I had ended up with a project that had ...
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What is an Android task manager with sub-tasks and complex filtering?

Basically, I'm looking for an Android app that will let me do just two things: Have unlimited levels of nested sub-tasks Filter so I can view only tasks that have no sub-tasks. Let's say I have ...
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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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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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How to manage long tasks in GTD

If I have a long task what is the best approach. Put in Today's task list for many days until it's done or create subtasks like work some time in task A. The task A is a complex task that I can't ...
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Todo list manager that lets you queue next actions out of sight

I'm currently using Remember The Milk for my organisation system that is based on GTD. One thing that I find is missing from my system is the ability to capture all the actions relating to a project. ...
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What's a good free replacement for a corporate Exchange account that will let me migrate Tasks?

I have an extensive set of personal Tasks organized in GTD fashion that I want to migrate off of my corporate exchange account. Is there a good, free alternative out there? I was thinking I could ...
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What is ZTD (Zen To Done) and how does it differ from GTD?

A recent RTM blog post mentions Zen To Done (ZTD), which the poster describes as basically a simplification of the Getting Things Done (GTD) system. What is ZTD, and what are the main differences ...
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Is there a way to link tasks in Remember the Milk?

I'm looking for a way to create a context list in Remember the Milk such that only next actions show up, but when I complete a task its successor task automatically shows up in the list. Is there a ...
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All-in-one Getting Things Done (GTD) and Pomodoro tool?

I want a online GTD tool I can use on an Android phone that has the following features: instant and configurable reminders such as calendar entries online app with a sync feature Do any of these ...
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What is a good system for managing projects that have paper-based and electronic reference materials?

Update: Significantly simplified and focused the question. I struggle with managing my GTD project files because they contain a mix of electronic and paper-based/physical stuff. Some projects are ...
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Confusion about using Evernote or RTM to implement personal productivity system

I am bit confused whether to use Evernote or RTM (Remember the Milk) to implement a GTD like system. I am already a RTM user & have been using it for some time as a GTD system. Now I want to ...
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Completely electronic GTD setup?

I've read some of the GTD material by David Allan and it's something I'd like to implement. A lot of his material uses hand written notes and lists. This isn’t an option for me since I’m totally ...
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Is there a maximum recommend length for a next task in GTD

Take for example that you are studying for an exam, and you need to read a book. Would you register reading the book as the next action, or would you split it up with one action per chapter?
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Handling delayed delegating in GTD

In GTD, how do you handle delegating an action if the act of delegating itself cannot be accomplished right when you are processing your inbox, and in less than two minutes? e.g. "summarize the last ...
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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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Tickler file for email

Getting Things Done (GTD) recommends using a tickler file for things that aren't immediately actionable but should be dealt with at some point in the future. How can the equivalent be done with ...
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How to handle recurring but low priority tasks that aren't actionable now?

In a GTD system, how do I handle a task such as "checking the oil in the car", which should happen once a week or so but is also fairly low priority? My concerns are that this task isn't actionable ...
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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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How to break down steps of a project?

Each morning I'd wake up and tell myself that I have to get certain things done. The problem is that when I get to my GTD management program (Things for Mac), I don't really know what to put down. ...
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How can I use Outlook folders to implement GTD?

I want to use Outlook folders to implement GTD so that I don't have to use a separate program. How can I set up Outlook folders to be GTD lists?
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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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How does GTD handle due dates?

How does the Getting Things Done (GTD) system handle the concept of task due dates? As I understand it, tasks that must be done on a certain day go on the calendar, but what about tasks that have to ...
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MBOs (Management By Objective), GTD and better solutions to managing knowledge workers

My boss wants to use MBOs to manage me. I am fairly new to GTD methods and it seems like they can be complementary to the MBO-style system. However, I seem to consistently struggle with the MBO ...
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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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Summary of Getting Things Done (GTD) system

Getting Things Done (GTD) has an entire book to teach the system. Is reading the whole book necessary for understanding the system, or is there a summary or simplified explanation of it available?
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How to use Remember The Milk (RTM) to implement a GTD system?

How can the Remember The Milk (RTM) task management system be used to implement the Getting Things Done system?
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Multitasking and GTD - Linear vs. Non-Linear

I have several open projects in my GTD system. They are all important ("top priority") and they are all driving towards a similar due date, however, they are not interdependent projects. What is the ...
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Being productive without energy

I use a variety of GTD-related systems that work smoothly for juggling many projects---as long as I have plenty of energy to pick out the right actions for 'now' and get cracking. However, when I sit ...
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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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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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How can I help develop a culture that positively impacts my motivation to work?

How can I leverage the people around me in order to achieve better productivity on my own tasks? I feel that GTD does not have to be an one man show. Is there some sort of social-GTD?
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How do I prevent being overwhelmed by my GTD inbox?

The first thing I learned about GTD was to get things "out of my head" into an inbox. This results in an overly long Inbox list which tasks that I still need to rewrite into (multiple) "do-able" ...
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Where should I file my Next Actions from Projects in Freemind?

I use Freemind Mind Mapping software to store all of my GTD lists. I have a separate mindmap for each list (i.e. In Tray, Next Actions, Projects, Project Support Material, Someday, Tickler Calendar, ...