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David Allen on best practices for implementing GTD

Productive Talk #07: Implementing GTD

43 Folders and The David Allen Company present the seventh in a series of conversations that David and Merlin recently had about Getting Things Done.


In this episode, David and Merlin look at best practices for implementing Getting Things Done. David shares some great advice on firewalling review time and warns us how to avoid the perils of "cruise control." (9:37)

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My favorite bit in this one (jump to 1:38) is where we learn that some of David's best stuff seems to have had a genesis in an unlikely place -- from his tenure as the manager of a gas station, back in the day.

This is important, not just because we get a candid glimpse of a very fun guy who's too often pegged as just another business consultant -- I love that David demonstrates how most any job will benefit from firewalled time to do your meta work.

Note especially that, contrary to what one might call "worst practices" of GTD, DA is not suggesting you spend your day obsessing over GTD and trying to perfect your "system." You set aside time to clear the decks, as he likes to say, so that you can work -- really work -- and not just live in a perpetual twilight of productivity futzing.

Building those walls and really honoring them from day one may be one of the best ninja tips you can learn for responsibly implementing GTD.

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This is my favourite episode...

This is my favourite episode so far, as it really touches on an area that I am not disciplined enough on - performing the weekly review. At the moment, I am reviewing on a rather ad-hoc basis.

I believe the two year "training time" is reasonable. Doing GTD is really no different to undergoing intensive physical training for a sport. You can understand the principles fairly quickly, but its really after practice practice practice that you finally appreciate the principles more and more, until the whole process happens automatically.

Keep up the great work!




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