Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done

Synopsis

Our GTD® podcasts are here to support you at every stage of your GTD practice. You will hear David Allen and others interviewing people from all walks of life about their journey with GTD, from beginners to those who have been at it for years. The podcasts include personal and professional stories, as well as practical tips about GTD systems for desktop and mobile, using apps and paper. Start listening now and you'll be well on your way to stress-free productivity.

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Episodes

  • Ep: 55 - Removing System Drag
    Ep: 55 - Removing System Drag
    Duration: 16min | 18/11/2019

    What behaviors actually make a difference in your GTD system?  Listen as David Allen shares tips on removing system drag in front of a live audience.

  • Ep: 54 - Someday / Maybe and Incubation Best Practices
    Ep: 54 - Someday / Maybe and Incubation Best Practices
    Duration: 18min | 28/10/2019

    Today David Allen shares best practices for Someday/Maybe & Incubation lists in front of a live audience. He provides plenty of example scenarios where Someday/Maybe lists can serve, as well as the specific circumstances it would be helpful to incubate information until a later date. You might even get a few new ideas for how to further improve your system as you listen.

  • Ep: 53 - An Overview of GTD
    Ep: 53 - An Overview of GTD
    Duration: 40min | 05/10/2019

    This engaging and inspiring interview with David Allen, by Tragedy and Hope broadcasts, explores the key principles of GTD and how to make informed choices with ease. The interviewer, Richard Grove, is a GTD enthusiast himself, and his intelligent questions make this interview particularly interesting.

  • Ep: 52 - The Ultimate GTD App - Part 2
    Ep: 52 - The Ultimate GTD App - Part 2
    Duration: 49min | 23/08/2019

    At the June 2019 GTD Summit, David Allen briefly shared a vision of the “ultimate GTD app,” which consists of 19 pages of hand-drawn drafts of the screens he would want to use. To expand on that topic, we recorded David talking with Eric Mack and John Forrister about the past, present, and future of GTD software. It's a wide-ranging discussion with stories that will inform, entertain, and maybe even surprise you. This episode is part two of two.

  • Ep: 51 - The Ultimate GTD App - Part 01
    Ep: 51 - The Ultimate GTD App - Part 01
    Duration: 41min | 08/08/2019

    At the June 2019 GTD Summit, David Allen briefly shared a vision of the “ultimate GTD app,” which consists of 19 pages of hand-drawn drafts of the screens he would want to use. To expand on that topic, we recorded David talking with Eric Mack and John Forrister about the past, present, and future of GTD software. It's a wide-ranging discussion with stories that will inform, entertain, and maybe even surprise you. This episode is part one of two.

  • Ep: 50 - David Allen Talks with Brian Robertson
    Ep: 50 - David Allen Talks with Brian Robertson
    Duration: 26min | 15/05/2019

    This is a fascinating, wide-ranging conversation between David Allen and Brian Robertson. They discuss how we as humans relate to our own attention, and how the increasing complexity of our work environment has necessitated that we get stuff off our minds. They point out multiple common threads between Getting Things Done for individuals and Holacracy for organizations. They also consider what happens after your personal system and your organization's system are on cruise control.

  • Ep: 49 - David Allen Talks with Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez
    Ep: 49 - David Allen Talks with Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez
    Duration: 36min | 15/04/2019

    Join David Allen for an intriguing discussion about leadership and the architecture of story, with Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez. They came to fame when they created the presentations that Al Gore used in speeches for several years before An Inconvenient Truth won the Academy Award for best documentary. Their book is Illuminate, "a road-map to help leaders move people to embrace bold visions and carry them forward." They describe five phases of an organization's story, and how leaders need to communicate to inspire progress. The team at Duarte have also been a trusted resource for David Allen Company in the storytelling involved with our GTD curriculum.

  • Ep: 48 - Building a Company Using GTD
    Ep: 48 - Building a Company Using GTD
    Duration: 29min | 11/03/2019

    Jason Atwood has built Getting Things Done into his company from the start. Listen as he shares with David Allen about starting Arkus, a Salesforce consulting firm, well after his own GTD practice was on a solid foundation. Beyond encouraging his employees to adopt GTD, he provides them with ongoing tools and support. During the onboarding period, he even meets with new employees to answer questions and refine their GTD implementation.

  • Ep: 47 - David Allen at the GTD Summit
    Ep: 47 - David Allen at the GTD Summit
    Duration: 12min | 29/01/2019

    This episode of our podcast is from David Allen's opening talk at the GTD Summit in 2009. We've just announced the 2019 GTD Summit, and we'd love to see you there. Get all the details at gtdsummit.com.  

  • Ep: 46 - Seamless Completions and Fresh Perspective
    Ep: 46 - Seamless Completions and Fresh Perspective
    Duration: 45min | 12/12/2018

    David Allen and Coach Kelly Forrister present an instructional webinar where you'll have the opportunity to take a deeper dive into understanding the power of completion and creating a vision for wild success.

  • Ep: 45 - Dealing with Competing Priorities
    Ep: 45 - Dealing with Competing Priorities
    Duration: 33min | 20/11/2018

    Do you ever struggle with managing competing priorities and don't know how you'll get it all done?  Join David Allen for a conversation that's packed with practical GTD coaching advice on how to deal with competing priorities--from getting a higher perspective on your life and work, down to trusting your moment-to-moment action choices.

  • Ep: 44 - GTD® and Creativity, Part 2
    Ep: 44 - GTD® and Creativity, Part 2
    Duration: 34min | 27/09/2018

    Musician Evan Taubenfeld and entertainment lawyer Danny Passman join David Allen and Coach Kelly Forrister in an inspiring conversation about GTD for creative people. Lots of wonderful nuggets in this episode about finding the creative spark within the structure of a GTD system.

  • Ep: 43 - The Power of the Weekly Review
    Ep: 43 - The Power of the Weekly Review
    Duration: 17min | 15/08/2018

    David Allen shares his thoughts on what a good Weekly Review is and isn't, as well as some random tips and tricks from his years in the trenches.

  • Ep: 42 - GTD® for Teens
    Ep: 42 - GTD® for Teens
    Duration: 24min | 08/07/2018

    David Allen, Mike Williams, and Mark Wallace discuss the brand new book Getting Things Done for Teens, including what's different, what's the same, and some of the wisdom they've garnered in writing the book together. Learn more at www.gtdforteens.com.

  • Ep: 41 - David Allen Talks with General Randal Fullhart
    Ep: 41 - David Allen Talks with General Randal Fullhart
    Duration: 46min | 12/06/2018

    David Allen talks with General Randal Fullhart. Graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1979, Randy has commanded at the squadron, group, and wing levels. He shares insights and tips about his journey with GTD, teamwork, and leadership.

  • Ep: 40 - Best Practices of Email Communication
    Ep: 40 - Best Practices of Email Communication
    Duration: 28min | 08/05/2018

    In this podcast, Coach Kelly Forrister focuses on the best practices of email communications with others, including appropriate use, writing effective subject lines, creating agreed upon response times, reply to all and more.

  • Ep: 39 - GTD and Holacracy
    Ep: 39 - GTD and Holacracy
    Duration: 43min | 27/03/2018

    In this podcast we hear a wide-ranging conversation between David Allen and the founder of HolacracyOne, Brian Robertson. Just as GTD is a systematic approach to maintaining perspective and control in your life, Holacracy is a systematic approach (or operating system) to running an organization. You'll hear a lot of interesting similarities between the two models, as well as their shared history and purpose.

  • Ep: 38 - The Power of Outcome Thinking
    Ep: 38 - The Power of Outcome Thinking
    Duration: 23min | 09/02/2018

    David Allen explores the power of outcome thinking in front of a live audience. This talk will reveal just how much the thoughts we hold in our head have the potential to affect the types and qualities of action we take. From athletic performance to prepping for that next big meeting, what we think about *while* we act can affect *how* we act.

  • Ep: 37 - Tips for a Year-End Review
    Ep: 37 - Tips for a Year-End Review
    Duration: 10min | 29/12/2017

    The new year is always a great excuse to zoom out and recalibrate how your system is running, and a year-end review is an excellent way to do exactly that. In this conversation that first showed up on GTDConnect.com, David Allen & Coach Kelly Forrister give us some quick and practical tips for successfully performing a year-end review.  

  • Ep: 36 - Overcoming Procrastination
    Ep: 36 - Overcoming Procrastination
    Duration: 16min | 15/12/2017

    Listen to a fascinating segment with David Allen where he outlines the sources of procrastination, shares a few fun examples of the dynamics at work, and talks about the steps you can take to overcome it.  

  • Ep: 35 - The Case for Capturing
    Ep: 35 - The Case for Capturing
    Duration: 28min | 17/11/2017

    Listen to an engaging presentation David Allen gave on the case for capturing. In it, David explores the concepts of psychic RAM, society’s move into knowledge work, and the freedom we feel as we begin to implement the GTD methodology.  

  • Ep: 34 - Crafting Your External Brain
    Ep: 34 - Crafting Your External Brain
    Duration: 33min | 11/10/2017

    David Allen presents a webinar on how to craft integrated external systems that allow you to focus more productively.  He explores the cognitive science behind the external brain, what the purpose of it is, and how you can use it most effectively with your GTD system.

  • Ep: 33 - Wrangling Your Priorities
    Ep: 33 - Wrangling Your Priorities
    Duration: 24min | 28/08/2017

    David Allen and Coach Meg Edwards give expert coaching on wrangling your priorities. The discussion includes three common challenges: competing priorities, mapping day-to-day priority choices to your higher level goals, and prioritizing as a group.

  • Ep: 32 - The Better You Get...
    Ep: 32 - The Better You Get...
    Duration: 29min | 31/07/2017

    David Allen says, "The better you get, the better you'd better get." This podcast is about how to improve your skills, when you're already proficient at GTD®. Coaches Meg Edwards and Kelly Forrister 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.

  • Ep: 31 - David Allen talks with Dr. Theo Compernolle
    Ep: 31 - David Allen talks with Dr. Theo Compernolle
    Duration: 33min | 13/07/2017

    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.

  • Ep: 30 - David Allen GTD® Keynote in Milan, Part Two
    Ep: 30 - David Allen GTD® Keynote in Milan, Part Two
    Duration: 40min | 23/05/2017

    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 have happen in your life once you start applying them.

  • Ep: 29 - David Allen GTD® Keynote in Milan, Part 1
    Ep: 29 - David Allen GTD® Keynote in Milan, Part 1
    Duration: 50min | 02/05/2017

    In this first installment 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 have happen in your life once you start applying them.

  • Ep: 28 - GTD  Mind Mapping
    Ep: 28 - GTD & Mind Mapping
    Duration: 31min | 31/03/2017

    David Allen and Coach Kelly Forrister talk about using the creative technique of mind mapping for project brainstorming, meeting notes, checklists, gathering project data, and more.  

  • Ep: 27 - GTD Keys to Clarifying
    Ep: 27 - GTD Keys to Clarifying
    Duration: 10min | 20/02/2017

    In this speech excerpt, David Allen shares the GTD® keys to clarifying your work.

  • Ep: 26 - Black Belt GTD
    Ep: 26 - Black Belt GTD
    Duration: 34min | 27/01/2017

    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.

  • Ep: 25 - Making Change Stick
    Ep: 25 - Making Change Stick
    Duration: 51min | 21/12/2016

    David Allen discusses the power and practical usage of focus and vision. Learn the keys to creating and maintaining successful habit change by utilizing visioning, goal setting, and clarifying positive outcomes.

  • Ep: 24 - Making It All Work
    Ep: 24 - Making It All Work
    Duration: 30min | 10/11/2016

    Feeling overwhelmed?  This talk from David Allen is a wonderful overview of the keys to control & perspective. Includes participant Q&A at the end.

  • Ep: 23 - GTD and The Organized Mind
    Ep: 23 - GTD and The Organized Mind
    Duration: 26min | 18/10/2016

    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.

  • Ep: 22 - GTD and Balancing Family Life
    Ep: 22 - GTD and Balancing Family Life
    Duration: 30min | 28/09/2016

    How do you balance a daunting project list representing multiple roles and outcomes?  David Allen chats with Meghan Wilker, a tech expert, mother of two, and GTD enthusiast. Listen as Meghan shares how she uses GTD in her work and family life.

  • Ep: 21 - Optimizing Your GTD System with David Allen
    Ep: 21 - Optimizing Your GTD System with David Allen
    Duration: 25min | 06/09/2016

    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.

  • Ep: 20 - Defining Your Areas of Focus
    Ep: 20 - Defining Your Areas of Focus
    Duration: 23min | 18/08/2016

    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.

  • Ep: 19 - Global Sustainability  GTD
    Ep: 19 - Global Sustainability & GTD
    Duration: 55min | 20/07/2016

    Listen as David Allen talks with Gillian Martin Mehers, who has dedicated her career to helping people doing good work in organizations 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.

  • Ep: 18 - Sharing GTD with Kids  Teens
    Ep: 18 - Sharing GTD with Kids & Teens
    Duration: 27min | 24/06/2016

    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.

  • Ep: 17 - Ten Common Questions About GTD
    Ep: 17 - Ten Common Questions About GTD
    Duration: 45min | 09/06/2016

    We hope you enjoy this very special Q&A conversation between David Allen and Senior Coach Marian Bateman, interviewed by Rick Kantor. 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?", and "How do I get back on track when I miss Weekly Reviews?"

  • Ep: 16 - GTD and the Medical Community
    Ep: 16 - GTD and the Medical Community
    Duration: 51min | 25/05/2016

    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 Senior Coach Kelly Forrister in a lively and heartfelt discussion about how GTD has helped their stability, clarity, and focus.

  • Ep: 15 - David Allen at the Do Lectures
    Ep: 15 - David Allen at the Do Lectures
    Duration: 33min | 07/05/2016

    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.

  • Ep: 14 - Managing Multiple Roles Using GTD
    Ep: 14 - Managing Multiple Roles Using GTD
    Duration: 47min | 20/04/2016

    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."

  • Ep: 13 - David Allen and The Simpsons Writers
    Ep: 13 - David Allen and The Simpsons Writers
    Duration: 29min | 29/03/2016

    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 LaZebnik, Dan Greaney, and Danny Chun share how, in a unique professional environment, they produce creative comedy by committee.

  • Ep: 12 - GTD and Self-Leadership
    Ep: 12 - GTD and Self-Leadership
    Duration: 34min | 14/03/2016

    Join David Allen 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.

  • Ep: 11 - GTD at the Executive Level
    Ep: 11 - GTD at the Executive Level
    Duration: 26min | 13/02/2016

    Dr. Deb Smith-Hemphill, a long time practitioner and now Certified Trainer, GTD Connect member, and advocate of the GTD methodology, owns and manages her own successful management consulting business in California. In this witty and upbeat conversation, she chats with David about her professional path, her intersections with David and GTD, and gives lots of detail about her own streamlined system to get things done from an executive level.

  • Ep: 10 - Improving an Organization with GTD
    Ep: 10 - Improving an Organization with GTD
    Duration: 46min | 19/11/2015

    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.

  • Ep: 9 - GTD and Technology with Ken Case
    Ep: 9 - GTD and Technology with Ken Case
    Duration: 20min | 17/09/2015

    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.

  • Ep: 8 - Introducing GTD to a Friend
    Ep: 8 - Introducing GTD to a Friend
    Duration: 35min | 17/08/2015

    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.

  • Ep: 7 - A Guided Weekly Review with Meg Edwards
    Ep: 7 - A Guided Weekly Review with Meg Edwards
    Duration: 33min | 22/07/2015

    Ever wonder what it would be like to have someone guide you through an entire GTD Weekly Review process?  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. 

  • Ep: 6 - GTD and Creativity with Todd Henry
    Ep: 6 - GTD and Creativity with Todd Henry
    Duration: 22min | 24/06/2015

    Can creative people practice GTD?  Isn't all that structure restricting?  Find out as we talk with Todd Henry, the author of "The Accidental Creative".  Thousands of creatives have found that implementing GTD's methodology actually provides *more* freedom to create, not less.

  • Ep: 5 - Daily Habits with Charles Duhigg
    Ep: 5 - Daily Habits with Charles Duhigg
    Duration: 24min | 17/06/2015

    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 cost 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.”

  • Ep: 4 - GTD and Brute Force
    Ep: 4 - GTD and Brute Force
    Duration: 27min | 09/06/2015

    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 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.

  • Ep: 3 - David Allen guides you through a GTD Mind Sweep
    Ep: 3 - David Allen guides you through a GTD Mind Sweep
    Duration: 23min | 27/05/2015

    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 bet that you'll have at least one valuable "Oh, yeah! That reminds me..." thought during this episode!

  • Ep: 2 - David Allen talks to Daniel Pink
    Ep: 2 - David Allen talks to Daniel Pink
    Duration: 23min | 27/05/2015

    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!

  • Ep: 1 - David Allen talks about the New Edition of Getting Things Done
    Ep: 1 - David Allen talks about the New Edition of Getting Things Done
    Duration: 24min | 27/05/2015

    What's different now? Over the 15 years since David Allen first published Getting Things Done, the ability to achieve  "stress-free productivity" with GTD® 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.

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