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GTD is Not About Doing Everything On Your List

GTD is Not About Doing Everything On Your List

Productivity gurus will always tell you that ticking off all the items on your checklist is the ultimate win.  So you walk out of the arena proudly like the heavyweight champion of the WWE who took on all the tasks. I’ll admit, in theory that’s an encouraging...

GTD® is Not About Achieving Goals in The Future

GTD® is Not About Achieving Goals in The Future

Do you love making goals? I think most of us do. We all enjoy foreseeing our ideal future. Like the house we want to live in, the money we want to have in our bank, the relationships we want in our lives. We are all pro goal makers. But being a pro goal maker doesn’t...

A Formula to Guarantee Focus & Completion

A Formula to Guarantee Focus & Completion

I had unwavering focus. Nothing could distract me. What normally would take me weeks, I can get done in an hour. My attention was so acute, I felt like I had the attentive power of Buddha himself. This is how I am studying on the last day just before an important...

My Top Productivity Apps in 2020

My Top Productivity Apps in 2020

In almost every GTD workshop I've facilitated, I get asked "Ali, what tools do you use?" I hesitate to answer because I don't want people to think its the tools that makes one productive. It's how you use the tools. Remember, Leonardo Da Vinci just had paper and...

Create a Feel-Good Checklist to Overcome Anxiety

Create a Feel-Good Checklist to Overcome Anxiety

Have you had thoughts like: "Why does this always happen to me?" "How dare he or she speak to me in this way!" "This is not fair." "It's not my fault, this should not be happening to me."   There are times I feel completely stressed out. I can't think...

Make 2020 Your Best Year Ever

Make 2020 Your Best Year Ever

It's that time of the year where we make plans for the coming year. While most people make resolutions. I and Arif have a ritual to do an annual review. It's a series of questions to reflect on how the year went by. What we learned from it. Reflect on our guiding...

How to Get WhatsApp to Inbox Zero

How to Get WhatsApp to Inbox Zero

I hate Whatsapp!   For a long time, I never had it installed.  I knew that once I did I’d be obligated to respond to messages on this noisy medium. But I couldn’t avoid it forever.   There were times that I needed folks to get in touch with me and they...

10 Things GTD is Not

10 Things GTD is Not

Almost a year back I did a post 20 things GTD is Not (and what it really is). After doing Level 3 and attending the GTD Summit, I got some more insights on what GTD is not (and what it really is) Here are 10 things GTD is not, and what it really is: GTD is not about...

Highlights & Key Takeaways from GTD Summit 2019

Highlights & Key Takeaways from GTD Summit 2019

We just returned from the GTD Summit in Amsterdam. A heart-warming event that celebrated everything GTD and what Mind Like Water can accomplish. Practicing GTD for a decade and a half the Summit brought closure on several open loops on GTD. Arif's top highlights from...