GTD is the popular shorthand for “Getting Things Done”, the groundbreaking work-life management system and book by David Allen that transforms personal overwhelm and overload into an integrated system of stress-free productivity.
Sophisticated without being confining, the subtle effectiveness of GTD has quickly gained hundreds of thousands of converts from among the best and the brightest around the world. “GTD” has become a household word for many people and in many organizations that have implemented David’s work.
Simple yet profoundly effective, it embodies the radically common sense notion that with a complete and current inventory of all your commitments organized and reviewed in a systematic way, you can focus clearly, view your world from optimal angles, and make trusted choices about what to do (and not do) at any moment.
GTD includes an easy, step-by-step, highly effective method for achieving this relaxed, productive state. It includes:
- Capturing anything and everything that has your attention
- Defining actionable things discretely into outcomes and concrete next steps
- Organizing reminders and information in the most streamlined way, in appropriate categories, based on how and when you need to access them
- Keeping current and “on your game” with appropriately frequent reviews of the six horizons of your commitments (purpose, vision, goals, areas of focus, projects, and actions)
Implementing GTD alleviates the feeling of overwhelm, instills confidence, and releases a flood of creative energy. It provides structure without constraint, managing details with maximum flexibility. The system rigorously adheres to the core principles of productivity, while allowing tremendous freedom in the “how.” The only “right” way to do GTD is getting meaningful things done with truly the least amount of invested attention and energy. Coaching thousands of people, where they work, about their work, has informed the GTD method with the best practices of how to work (and live), in that most efficient and productive way.
GTD’s simplicity, flexibility, and immediacy are its attraction. Its ability to enliven, enlighten, and empower is its magic.
What, indeed, is GTD? More than meets the eye...
*”Getting Things Done—The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (Viking 2001) is the pioneering work of David Allen, who is President of The David Allen Company.