PODCAST SPECIAL – Clear space for creative work
Almost 15 years ago, Getting Things Done started taking the internet by storm. Techies started buying binder clips and index cards in bulk. Today, “next actions” and “contexts” are commonplace in teams around the world. Just about everyone knows GTD stands for Getting Things Done. When I was trying to deal with wearing multiple hats as a designer in an architecture firm, I absorbed some GTD through osmosis to get on top of my daily tasks. A few years later, when I finally listened to the audiobook for GTD, I could feel my brain being rearchitected. I captured everything that was on my mind, and developed a habit of doing a “weekly review.” Suddenly, my creative energy was unleashed. And so was my energy for thinking about the bigger picture, like what I wanted out of my life and my career. Millions of people have been impacted by GTD in this way. It’s all thanks to our guest today. After more than 20 years as a productivity consultant, David Allen (@gtdguy) finally put his knowledge into book form with Getting Things Done, which came out in 2001. Since then, he’s taken GTD global, with certified GTD consultants all over the world. One of his top people even lives not too far from me down in Colombia. Here’s what we’ll talk about in this conversation. GTD helps clear the space in your head for creative work, but what about actually getting creative work done? We’ll learn how David used GTD to actually write Getting Things Done. GTD also helps clear your mind for making big life decisions. How did David use GTD to decide to move from the US to Amsterdam a few years ago. GTD suggests a lot of paper for keeping track of things. What does David think about digital management of GTD?Listen Now
PODCAST SPECIAL – Sustaining GTD
In this Podcast, Todd and Robert discuss strategies for sustaining a GTD practice over the long term.Listen Now
EPISODE 32 – The Better You Get…
David Allen says, “The better you get, the better you’d better get.” This webinar is about how to improve your skills, when you’re already proficient at GTD. Meg and Kelly will guide you through some of the coaching they would give to a client who already has a solid foundation and plenty of experience with GTD.Listen Now
PODCAST SPECIAL – Morning Routines and Strategies
This is a special episode of the Tim Ferriss podcast. After more than 200 conversations with the world’s top performers, he started to spot certain patterns. These are the shared habits, hacks, philosophies, and tools that are the common threads of success, happiness, health, and wealth. These commonalities were the premise of his recent book, The New York Times #1 bestseller ‘Tools of Titans’ — a compilation of lessons, routines, and tips of many of his guests. In this episode, he gathered some of the best advice from past guests about morning routines. This includes conversations with Jocko Willink, Seth Godin, Jamie Foxx and Scott Adams Enjoy!Listen Now
EPISODE 31 – David Allen talks with Dr. Theo Compernolle
David talks with Dr. Theo Compernolle, a doctor with a 35-year background in medicine, psychiatry, teaching, and research. His most recent book is Brain Chains. You’ll find this interview to be educational, and perhaps challenging, as you learn that we may be using technology in counter-productive ways.
PODCAST SPECIAL – WHOLE LIFE CHALLENGE with DAVID ALLEN
Do you find yourself wondering where all the time is supposed to come from to meet your commitments? How about time for yourself, your family, and friends? And just when you think you’ve got a handle on all that, something else comes up!
How do the world’s busiest people handle it all?
They turn to David Allen for help.
David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. He is the engineer of GTD, the popular Getting Things Done methodology that has shown millions how to transform a fast-paced, overwhelming, overcommitted life into one that is balanced, integrated, relaxed — and still successful.
David’s thirty-years of pioneering research and coaching to corporate managers and CEOs earned him Forbes’ recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the U.S., and Business 2.0 included him in their 2006 list of the “50 Who Matter Now.” But GTD’s broad appeal is based on the fact it is applicable from the boardroom to the living room to the classroom.
David AllenPraise for David Allen and Getting Things Done:
“[Getting Things Done is] the definitive business self-help book of the decade.” — Time Magazine
“[David is] one of the world’s most influential thinkers” in the arena of personal productivity.” — Fast Company Magazine
GTD is a proven path for getting in control of your world and maintaining perspective in your life. Much more than a set of tips for time management and organization, it is a total work-life management system that transforms “overwhelm” into an integrated system of stress-free productivity.
Join Andy and David as they talk about how to create space in your life for the things you want and need to do, how David himself implements his system, the daily and weekly review processes, and, most importantly, how to do exactly what you feel like doing. (Hint: the key is to make what needs doing the thing you most want to do!)
8:07 — When did you get started coaching these methods, and how did you develop them?
9:48 — What are the three things you want people to get from your book?
11:35 — What was the experience of throwing away your first draft like?
12:55 — How do you create the space and time in your life for creativity?
14:07 — How long does it take you to reach a flow state when you’re creating?
15:25 — How do you block out distractions?
16:42 — How do you create your preferred mindset for creative work?
17:15 — What’s wrong with using your head as your office? What should I do instead?
19:16 — Describe your idea management system for us.
22:10 — What is an “external brain”?
24:25 — How often do you process your “inbox”? Why?
26:40 — How long does it take to integrate the GTD methodology into my life?
27:45 — Who can make use of the GTD methodology? What’s the “stress of opportunity”?
29:10 — How to make using a thought-organization system compelling enough to use consistently
31:47 — What’s the “two-minute rule”?
33:45 — Why shouldn’t I be excited when I finally clear my inbox?
34:45 — What is the value of discomfort? How can we capitalize on it?
36:30 — What’s your new normal, Andy?
38:26 — How does David manage his calendar? Why he doesn’t use alarms
39:17 — Should I schedule my personal time? Why or why not?
41:24 — How do you prioritize your next moves?
42:55 — What a “weekly review” and why would I do one?
45:10 — What do you recommend doing for your daily review?
49:20 — What’s the Brain Toss Lifestyle Practice?
51:04 — How badly do you want a clear head?
51:32 — I’m not an executive. Is this system still useful to me?
52:52 — Where do I begin, David?
53:48 — What’s the important difference between an action and a project?
55:00 — What is the single most essential action you can take to get things done?
PODCAST SPECIAL – THE HIGHER HORIZONS OF GTD
In this episode Todd and Robert discuss the higher horizons of GTD, which can help create a sense of direction, purpose, and higher perspective.Listen Now
PODCAST SPECIAL – Taking Note #5: Tiago Forte’s Approach to Productivity – Part 1/2
In Part 1 of a two-part conversation with productivity consultant Tiago Forte, we look at the chaos of the modern workplace, the virtues of small-batch productivity vs. deep work, and the system Tiago has devised to organize his thinking in Evernote.Listen Now
PODCAST SPECIAL – Taking Note #4: Kristina Halvorson on Content Strategy
If your organization has an online presence, you’d better be thinking about content strategy. But as Kristina Halvorson of Brain Traffic explains, it’s not just a matter of what you say, but how well your content serves your readers or customers. Kristina explains the fundamentals and more in an engaging interview.
We also hear from Beat Bühlmann, Evernote’s GM of EMEA, who tells us about his system of personal development. Beat’s “Swiss PDP Approach” goes beyond standard concepts of work/life balance to get to the center of who we are as individuals.Listen Now
EPISODE 30 – David Allen GTD® Keynote in Milan – Part 2 of 2
In this conclusion of a two-part episode, David Allen shares an in-depth, sweeping overview of GTD® to an audience in Milan, Italy. Learn best practices, as well as what you can expect to happen in your life once you start applying them.
PODCAST SPECIAL – Engaging with Confidence
In this episode, Todd and Robert talk about the final, critical phase of mastering workflow–choosing how to effectively engage, or simply “do”
EPISODE 29 – David Allen GTD® Keynote in Milan – Part 1/2
In this first installment of a two-part episode, David shares an in-depth, sweeping overview of GTD® to an audience in Milan, Italy. Learn best practices, as well as what you can expect to happen in your life once you start applying them.Listen Now
EPISODE 28 – GTD and MindMapping
In this episode, learn the creative technique of mind mapping from David Allen. Hear examples of uses for project brainstorming, meeting notes, checklists, gathering project data, and more.Listen Now
PODCAST SPECIAL – TAKE NOTE #2 : GUY KAWASAKI’s EVERNOTE NEWS
For Episode 2, we begin with a roundup of company news, including first-person reports on Evernote’s recent financial milestone, the successful move of our data infrastructure to the cloud, and the new design of our iOS app.
For our main feature, we reached out to superstar tech evangelist Guy Kawasaki and got a personal response in less than two minutes — an early indicator of what proved to be the core of our conversation. Guy first came to prominence in the 1980s as Chief Evangelist at Apple, and today he juggles a lot of roles, from his work for design company Canva to brand ambassadorships, advising corporations, and his constant presence on social media. How does he stay on top of it all? The answer, we found, is Guy’s “always-on” attitude and his ceaseless drive to connect.Listen Now
PODCAST SPECIAL – TAKING NOTE #3 : Radical Candor with Kim Scott
Feedback is hard. Giving it, receiving it, absorbing it, acting on it — all of these things require openness and a willingness to communicate honestly.
But whether we’re talking about our personal relationships, our professional lives, or society itself, dealing with feedback is essential if we want to meet our goals, grow, and improve.
In this episode we look at feedback in two forms. First, we chat with Gerald Hastie, Evernote’s Director of Customer Experience, to learn more about how Evernote’s customer support and Help Center are working to address feedback from the public. Then we sit down with Kim Scott, author of the new book Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity, to learn how building a culture of candor at work can help us all become more effective in whatever we do.Listen Now
PODCAST SPECIAL – The EntreLeadership Podcast with David Allen
If “overwhelmed” seems like the best way to describe your day, listen in. Because the leading authority on personal organization, David Allen, joins us to discuss how to get things done. This best-selling author shares new insights on personal productivity and how you can become more effective, organized and focused, plus how you can plan projects like a pro.Listen Now
EPISODE 27 – GTD Keys to Clarifying
In this speech excerpt, David shares the GTD keys to clarifying your work.Listen Now
PODCAST SPECIAL – Organizational Productivity, Creating Space, Getting Altitude with David Allen
David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. He is the author of Getting Things Done and has shown millions of people how to transform their overwhelming lives into a relaxed and more productive one. Listen to David’s popular methodology and how it has helped successful leaders all over the world. 03:15 – What is the ‘Getting Things Done’ approach David uses? 04:45 – How did you stumble upon this methodology? 06:45 – How does Getting Things Done help with innovation? 08:45 – Nobody went out to be innovative, they just went out to solve problems. 09:30 – What’s a typical day look like for a successful tech company using David’s system? 11:25 – You need to step back and look at all of the hats you’re wearing. 14:00 – Surprisingly, people who are attracted to David’s work are people who need it the least. 15:15 – Most of the stress you have is due to breaking agreements with yourself. 15:35 – Getting Things Done is not about getting things done. It’s about being engaged with every single moment in your life. 17:45 – The first step is to get everything out of your head and on a piece of paper. 18:55 – Getting Things Done is timeless. 25:15 – David talks the evolution of his business model. 29:55 – Reflection is critical to the decision making process. 32:25 – Keeping stuff in your head is the wrong place to be keeping stuff. 35:45 – What are David’s morning rituals? 39:05 – What has David changed his mind about recently? 41:35 – What advice does David have for his 25-year-old self? FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/david-allen/
PODCAST SPECIAL – Reflecting Appropriately
In this episode, Todd and Robert talk about reflecting at the right horizons in the right rhythms–including that all-important habit: the weekly review.
EPISODE 26 – BLACK BELT GTD
What are your biggest GTD improvement opportunities? Do you ever fall off the wagon? Join David Allen & Meg Edwards as they discuss what “Black Belt” GTD is, some of its biggest hurdles, and how you can overcome them.Listen Now
PODCAST SPECIAL – EVERNOTE FOR ENTREPRENEURS
As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015, Evernote produced a series of 3 Podcasts with Entrepreneurs Edwin Khodabackchian, Stacey Harmon and Brit Morin.Listen Now
PODCAST SPECIAL Taking Note #1: Michael Hyatt – Take control of your goals in 2017
A new year is a time for new beginnings, whether we’re pursuing a goal, changing careers… or re-launching a podcast. In the premiere episode of Taking Note, leadership mentor Michael Hyatt explains how clarity, discomfort, and courage can help you turn New Year’s resolutions into lasting achievements.
EPISODE 25 – MAKING CHANGE STICK
PODCAST SPECIAL : Organising for Success
In this episode Todd and Robert talk about how to structure the results of your thinking effectively to maximise your experience of “meaning matches location”.
EPISODE 24 – MAKING IT ALL WORK
Feeling overwhelmed? This talk from David Allen is a wonderful overview of the keys to control & perspective. Includes participant Q&A at the end.
EPISODE 23 – GTD and ‘THE ORGANIZED MIND’
Join David Allen for a fascinating, wide-ranging conversation with Daniel Levitin, author of The Organized Mind. Daniel is a professor of psychology, a cognitive scientist, a musician, an entrepreneur, and more. He brings recent cognitive research to bear on GTD, validating obectively what GTD users know subjectively — that getting things off your mind frees your mind for more creative and productive thinking. David and Daniel discuss why the brain pays attention to some things and ignores others, the limits of short-term memory versus long-term memory, and why the Mind Sweep is not just a good idea, but a critical part of dealing with our modern lives.Listen Now
EPISODE 22: GTD and BALANCING FAMILY LIFE
How do you balance a daunting project list representing multiple roles and outcomes? David chats with Meghan Wilker, a tech whiz, mother of two and GTD enthusiast. Listen as Meghan shares how she uses GTD in her work and family life.Listen Now
PODCAST SPECIAL – CAPTURING TO WIN
In this episode Todd and Robert talk about the first and one of the most fundamental steps in the GTD process: capturing what has your attention effectively, often, and well.Listen Now
EPISODE 21 – OPTIMIZING YOUR GTD SYSTEM
How do you leverage procedures and tools for better outcomes? David Allen presents a webinar on how to optimize your GTD system, so that you have the information you need to be productive, when you need it. Includes Q&A’s from webinar participants.Listen Now
EPISODE 20 – Areas of Focus
A key to trusting your priorities is knowing your roles, areas to maintain, oversee, and manage—personally and professionally. In this webinar, Senior GTD® Coaches Meg Edwards and Kelly Forrister walk you through developing the Areas of Focus level in the GTD Horizons of Focus® model, giving you examples, best practices, and tips for developing and refining your own.Listen Now
EPISODE 19 – Global Sustainability & GTD
Listen as David Allen talks with Gillian Martin Mehers, who has dedicated her career to helping people doing good work in organisations focusing on global sustainability. As a highly enthusiastic GTDer and experienced professional in training and development, she shares many of her own successful techniques for spreading those best practices to others.Listen Now
PODCAST SPECIAL – Gearing Up for Summer
In this episode Todd and Robert discuss how to make best use of summertime to unleash creative thinking and relaxed focus.Listen Now
EPISODE 18 – GTD for Kids and Teens
Coaches Meg Edwards and Mike Williams share strategies, techniques, and insights for engaging kids and teens in GTD. They’ll weave in personal stories from their own experience as parents, and give practical exercises for bringing the power of GTD to young people in your life.
Podcast Special – Getting Things Done, Then What? The Truth Behind Productivity With David Allen
This week on the Blinkist Podcast, Blinkist Magazine Editor-in-Chief Caitlin Schiller speaks with David Allen, known as the man behind the productivity system Getting Things Done, and the bestselling book of the same name.
In thiss episode, they discuss what he calls “clear space,” and how easy it is to screw it up in your head; they talk about the happiness industry; and Abraham Lincoln, among other things. And near the end, you’ll find out why Allen isn’t a productivity or efficiency robot, but actually developed the system to have more time to do what he likes – like martial arts.
David Allen was born in Louisiana in 1945 and currently lives in Amsterdam.Listen Now
EPISODE 17 – Ten Common Questions About GTD
We hope you enjoy this very special Q and A conversation between Rick Canter, Marion Bateman, and David Allen. They answer ten of the most frequently asked questions regarding GTD, including “How do you set priorities? What do you do when you’re interrupted constantly? Do you have any tips for getting back on track when missing weekly reviews?”Listen Now
Podcast Special – Creating Space, Getting Altitude and Mitigating Against the Stress of Opportunity
David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. He is the author of Getting Things Done and has shown millions of people how to transform their overwhelming lives into a relaxed and more productive one. Listen to David’s popular methodology and how it has helped successful leaders all over the world.Listen Now
EPISODE 16 – GTD AND THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY
This episode features two wonderful doctors and GTD enthusiasts in our GTD community: Dr. Julie Flagg and Dr. Julian Goldman. They join David Allen and Kelly Forrister in a lively and heartfelt discussion about how GTD has helped their stability, clarity, and focus.Listen Now
EPISODE 15 – DAVID ALLEN AT THE DO LECTURES
David gives a unique and inspiring presentation about the power of Getting Things Done to the participants of The Do Lectures in Wales, September 2010. If you’re new to GTD, you’ll love the fast-paced overview David gives of the entire systematic approach. If you’re a seasoned practitioner, you’ll appreciate the transparency and authenticity in which David shares a bit more of his behind-the-scenes story.Listen Now
EPISODE 14 – Managing Multiple Roles Using GTD
When you listen to this interview with Jeff Heilman, you’ll be amazed how much he does. He’s got a thriving sales career, plus he’s a pro golfer. And a husband, and a father, and much more. Jeff says he always dreamed of becoming the guy who has his act together, and GTD is the pathway. In this interview, he talks with Mike Williams about how he heard about GTD, and his subsequent installation and implementation journey. Somewhere along the way, he says he was able to take on more work than his boss could give him. Now that’s saying a lot. But beyond work, Jeff says that “GTD leads to the freedom to pursue what I choose.”Listen Now
Podcast Special – The Power of Clarifying
Todd and Robert talk about how each component of GTD in itself holds tremendous power. In this episode, they explore the value of clarifying.Listen Now
Podcast Special – Getting Things Done: Explore the Art of Stress-free Living
Learn the art of stress-free living. I mean, really, who doesn’t need that! In this show, my guest Cyrille Jegu teaches us the Getting Things Done method of being meaningfully engaged with whatever you do. GTD Founder, David Allen, says “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them” so get your pen and paper ready because we take a deep dive, and I mean deep, into how we need to capture, clarify, organize, reflect and engage every bit of info that comes our way.Listen Now
EPISODE 13 – David Allen and the Simpsons Writers
What happens when you cross GTD with one of the world’s most successful TV comedy shows? You’ll find out in this high-energy and humorous dialog between David and three of the writers of The Simpsons. Listen to Rob LeZebnik, Dan Greaney, and Danny Chun share how, in a unique professional environment, they produce creative comedy by committee.Listen Now
Podcast Special – David Allen in conversation with Brian Robertson
Join David for a fascinating talk with Brian Robertson, an avid GTD practitioner who is also spearheading the Holacracy method for running organizations. Brian discusses the parallels between GTD and Holacracy, including the ways they both support getting work done more efficiently. You can click here to find out more about Brian’s new book and about Holacracy.Listen Now
EPISODE 12 – GTD and Self-Leadership
Join David in an intriguing conversation with Robyn Scott, a brilliant 30-something Brit with a fascinating background and palette of projects. As an author, social entrepreneur, and already a recognized leader in global change, she discusses how GTD has had an impact on her work, and explores with David a new and effective technique for motivating ourselves to actually take the next actions that we define.Listen Now
EPISODE 11 – GTD at the Executive Level
Dr. Deb Smith-Hemphill, a long time practitioner and advocate of the GTD methodology, owns and manages her own successful management consulting business in California. In this witty and upbeat conversation, she shares her professional path, her intersections with David and GTD, and lots of detail about her own streamlined system to get things done from an executive level.Listen Now
Podcast Special – Seasons of GTD
In their inaugural podcast, Todd Brown and Robert Peake of Next Action Associates talk about how to use GTD practices to get the most out of the rest of 2015. Robert and Todd discuss the various rhythms of life and work that GTD can accommodate, sharing practical examples and tips from their own experience.Listen Now
Podcast Special – Seasons of GTD – The Deeper Why Of GTD
In the second installment of their ‘Seasons of GTD’ podcast, Next Action Associates’ Todd Brown and Robert Peake discuss GTD practices which can help you to form habits, in order for you to get the most out of 2016.
Robert and Todd discuss the various rhythms of life and work that GTD can accommodate, sharing practical examples and tips from their own experience.Listen Now
EPISODE 10 – Improving an Organization with GTD
In this podcast interview, you’ll hear Bob Hendriksen talking with Mike Williams. Bob is a plant manager for Steelcase, and a complete GTD enthusiast. He has a keen interest in improving systems, with an emphasis on ‘lean’ production. He discusses how lean improves flow to reduce waste, and points out that GTD is all about improving the mental flow. You’ll also hear how Bob applies GTD in his work and life.Listen Now
EPISODE 09 – GTD and Technology with Ken Case
What role does technology play in productivity? Since GTD is software-neutral, can technology help us be more productive? Join us for a conversation with Ken Case, CEO of the OmniGroup, about his personal system. Ken and Andrew talk about how to stay steadily productive in a world where the number of software options for your GTD system is rapidly increasing, as well as how to avoid the temptations and complications that come along with new technology.Listen Now
EPISODE 08 – Introducing GTD to a Friend
Mike Williams interviews Andy Armstrong, with a focus on what it’s like to introduce GTD to a friend. Years ago, Mike gave Andy a copy of “Getting Things Done” They talk about how Andy’s GTD practice has developed, the value of the Mind Sweep and how he approaches the Weekly Review. Andy is a great example of stress-free productivity.Listen Now
EPISODE 07 – Guided GTD Weekly Review
Ever wonder what it would be like to have a David Allen Company coach guide you through an entire GTD Weekly Review? Now, in this interactive session, Senior GTD Coach Meg Edwards takes you through the entire process step by step. As you get clear, get current, and get creative, you’ll quickly see why the Weekly Review is considered *the* critical success factor in maintaining an integrated life management system.Listen Now
EPISODE 06 – GTD and Creativity
Can creative people practice GTD? Isn’t all that structure restricting? Find out as David Allen talks with Todd Henry, the author of The Accidental Creative and Die Empty. Thousands of creatives have found that implementing GTD’s methodology actually provides more freedom to create. David has said that to be creative, you don’t need time, you need space.Listen Now
EPISODE 05 – GTD and Daily Habits
How do you create major impact using GTD? Join David Allen and Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, as they discuss the cumulative costs and benefits of our seemingly insignificant daily decisions. As David says in Ready For Anything, “In the end, it is attention to detail that makes all the difference.”Listen Now
EPISODE 04 – GTD and Brute Force
What do you do when brute force is no longer an option? That’s a question that Byron Palmer, an innovator and grazing specialist for the Sonoma Mountain Institute, found himself wrestling with as he progressed in his career and life. Join our CEO Mike Williams, as he and Byron walk through his journey of discovering GTD, the value it brings to him and how he continues to integrate subtle elements to create greater levels of coherence.Listen Now
EPISODE 03 – David Allen guides you through a Mind Sweep
What if you had an objective list of everything that currently holds your attention? Get out your note-taking devices as David Allen guides us through a sample coaching “Mind Sweep” session (one of the first steps to practicing GTD). We guarantee that you’ll have at least one valuable “Oh, yeah! That reminds me…” thought during this episode!Listen Now
EPISODE 02 – David Allen talks to Daniel Pink
How do we combat information overload? In this GTD Connect preview, David Allen & best-selling author Daniel Pink (Drive, To Sell Is Human) discuss technology’s impact on our decision making. They cover GTD’s timeless solution to the current problem, as well as Dan’s personal GTD setup. Be sure to check out the GTD Connect discount at the end of the interview!Listen Now
EPISODE 01 – David Allen talks about the New Edition of Getting Things Done
What’s different now? Over the 15 years since David Allen first published Getting Things Done, the ability to achieve “Stress-Free Productivity” grows more important than ever. David Joins us in an all-new interview where we discuss the changing times, why people get trapped in unproductive thinking, and how to instantly gain more clear space.