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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How to manage calendared actions in GTD

I'm currently applying GTD principles in my productivity pipeline. But I'm confused about quite a few things. One of it is how do I decide if I should put something in the calendar? I'm used to ...
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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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Todo List manager with daily time planner

I'm looking for a todo list manager which has these features: add 'things' to do then from that list of things I can either mark them as complete Or I can 'drag' that 'thing' onto a timesheet (so ...
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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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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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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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GTD vs Kanban? Compare and contrast for in-progress

Okay, so currently I use a simplified GTD system with Emacs's Org-mode to organize my life. My simplification is that I have only one "agenda" list, but I do have items context-tagged (work, home, ...
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GTD and handling “learning” projects

Sorry for the long post. I'm about halfway done reading through David Allen's book, so please pardon me if this is addressed somewhere in it. GTD looks like an interesting system with a lot of ...
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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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Keep repeated tasks in GTD task management system or calendar?

Do you keep repeated tasks, such as your lunch-time routines in your GTD task management system such as MonkeyGTD, or in your calendar such as Google Calendar, and WHY?
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how small should an action be in GTD?

I am new to GTD and I am working as what GTD suggested to create projects for things that take more than 1 action to complete. Let say I have a project named "finish report XYZ", that I think there ...
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2 minute tasks that cannot be completed immediately?

What do you do when you cannot complete a 2-minute task immediately? An example is a phone call where the recipient does not pick up. Does this phone call get moved to the Next Action list?
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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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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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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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Outlook automation solution [closed]

There is an email I need to send out everyday via Microsoft Outlook, which includes the updated information grabbed from some web servers. It takes about ten minutes manually (not that bad). My ...
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How exactly does the projects list work in GTD? [duplicate]

Been familiar with Getting Things Done for years but recently just completed the book and implemented the complete GTD system using Workflowy. My understanding from reading the book is that the ...
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How to start GTD if you can't spend 2 full days on organizing everything? [duplicate]

As many others, I've bought the "Getting Things Done" book as I grew utterly frustrated with my own procrastination (and here I'm doing it again..) I've read through GTD, and Allan suggests to take ...
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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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GTD or Personal task manager that integrates with Outlook?

I work in a large corporation, so using Outlook is mandatory - All the e-mails, contact lists, appointment requests, room scheduling, etc., goes through the Exchange server. It is therefore very ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Daily review in GTD methodology

I'm new in GTD methodology. I really liked, but I have one question. The author mentions a review of the week, during which once again repeat to collect, analyze, etc. However, do not come across ...
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If you could ask David Allen (Getting Things Done) anything, what would it be? [migrated]

I'll be interviewing David Allen on behalf of my employer Blinkist next week and would like to extend an invitation to the community to contribute with your burning questions for the GTD-founder.