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 do I make myself stop doing addictive activity?

Some examples of such activity: browsing this site without a particular goal browsing your friends' profiles on social networks reading news hugging with you spouse (endlessly) watching TV You can ...
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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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Are there alternatives to the GTD system?

What are likely alternatives to the Getting Things Done productivity system? Full fledged alternatives that "compete" with GTD Group of smaller systems used together to replace GTD "Simpler" systems ...
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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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How to use GTD both at home and at work

I'd like to use GTD, but work in an office away from home. I rarely take work home with me, but sometimes, for example, bring bills to be paid to work with me. I would especially like to hear from ...
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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 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 is “Getting Things Done” (GTD)? [closed]

Rookie question that a lot of people who are using this site may want to know the answer for (including me). I have read a couple of things referring to GTD but nothing definitive. It'd be good to see ...
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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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How to set up a GTD workflow in gmail

I want to set up a GTD workflow based around my gmail account. Although I have some other possible sources of tasks and projects coming "in", most things I need to do come "in" through my gmail ...
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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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Do programmers combine GTD and issue trackers?

I wonder how programmers here handle their GTD and issue trackers. Do you take the time to add your tickets to your personal GTD systems?
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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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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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Has anyone tried using Trello to track GTD projects?

For me, tracking projects has always been the hardest and most intractable part of GTD. In particular, how to manage future actions and keep track of sub-projects I've delegated to others. Future ...
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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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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 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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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, ...
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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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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 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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motivation strategies for GTD weekly review

David Allen has described the weekly review as key to GTD, but it's been the hardest part for me to adopt. When things get really busy, I am usually able to keep up with a minimum amount of ...
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Well organized, still overloaded?

After following GTD principles for several years, I now have the system well oiled. Unfortunately, I'm still overloaded--not at the inbox level, but at the project level. Too many things are flowing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to use Google Tasks to implement a GTD system?

How can I implement a GTD system in Google Tasks in combination with GMail and GCal?
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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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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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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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What to mention in a talk that helps the audience to become more productive?

We (a group of university students) generally meet for tea every week and discuss various topics, and my friends ask me to give a talk on productivity and time management in one of our next meetings. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...