Getting Things Done

The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
by David Allen | penguin group © 2002 · 262 pages

Getting Things Done. This is like the Bible of personal productivity. And David Allen is our wise sage, walking us thru the powerful systems to help us master the art of stress-free productivity. In the Note, we'll explore how to clear our heads (mind like water!), play the 2-minute game, get our inbox to zero and envision + plan for wil success.

Teaching you how to be maximally efficient and relaxed, whenever you need or want to be, was my main purpose in writing this book.
David Allen

“Welcome to a gold mine of insights into strategies for how to have more energy, be more relaxed, and get a lot more accomplished with much less effort. If you’re like me, you like getting things done and doing them well, and yet you also want to savor life in ways that seem increasingly elusive if not downright impossible if you’re working too hard. This doesn’t have to be an either-or proposition. It is possible to be effectively doing while you are delightfully being, in your ordinary workaday world.”

~ David Allen from Getting Things Done

David Allen is brilliant.

And Getting Things Done (aka GTD) rocks.

Although I don’t follow the GTD methodology precisely, David and his approach have been one of my primary inspirations for how I manage my time and life.

I’m an OmniFocus guy (check it out here) and use that to GTD-ify my projects. His books, newsletter, and products are awesome. (I love this recording of a live workshop he gave and I have used this mini-credit card holder/notepad thingy to capture ideas/to-do’s/etc. for years.)

I HIGHLY recommend you dive deeper into David’s work if you’re looking to master the art of stress-free productivity. Check out his site here:

(Here’s an interview I did with David a couple years ago you might dig as well.)

I’m not going to try to capture the systematic methodology of GTD in this Note (which would be impossible anyway). Rather, we’ll have fun looking at a handful of my favorite high level, uber-practical Big Ideas.

Hope you dig it.

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About the author


David Allen

Originator of GTD