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The Definition of “Emptying your Mind”

What is allowed to occupy your mind? One of the basic tenets of GTD® is the concept of “emptying your RAM” or capturing what has your attention. But often a little bit of grazing can actually do you good. Watch David Allen share his insights into how much and how...

What is GTD® Really About?

Is Getting Things Done® only about getting things done? No. The methodology is about clearing space so that you can make a creative mess, have the freedom to consciously choose your tasks (instead of them blowing up in your face) and relish the idea of doing...

The Journey to Bring Holacracy to India

Being the boss is tough. The buck stops with you. Because you’re the leader, you can’t even complain. Not only do you have your problems to solve, but you have everyone else’s problems to solve too. I know the feeling. I’m a member of the management team for a few...

The Sure-Fire Secret To Success

A young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by...

How to Simplify Knowledge Work

Ever seen the movie Modern Times? Yes, the Charlie Chaplin classic that drove home the mindlessness of the industrial era, without speaking a word. In that hilarious screen masterpiece, Charlie is so numbed by turning screws that he keeps repeating the action, even...

How the GTD® Practice Saves Time

What’s holding you back from fully committing to Getting Things Done®? For busy creatives, it is the excuse - “I don’t have the time!” You’re probably doing well in life. Stuff is being processed. You are not on the verge of collapse. So why invest precious seconds in...

3 Ways To Make The Weekly Review A Habit

What's the easiest way to solve a computer problem? Reboot the computer! 🙂 That's why most support reps will ask you to reboot when something is wrong with your computer.   Because rebooting helps ensure that a newly installed software works right. It eliminates bugs...

A Fresh Look at Productivity for Knowledge Workers

In my work as a productivity coach and consultant, I'm seeing a shift in how people are thinking about productivity. Yes, organizations are seeking to become more productive, but they also realize there's more to being productive than just working harder and producing...

20 Things GTD Is Not (And What It Really Is!)

What is GTD? I've been practicing GTD for over a decade, but it can still be challenging for me to explain what GTD is, and how it benefits. It's very easy for new practitioners to mistaken it for something else like time-management, or a way to get more work done....

How to Work Less And Do More With GTD

What is our first reaction... … when we see someone putting in long hours, burning the midnight oil & always in a rush to “get things done”?  “Wow - he is so busy. Is there something important he’s doing. If I’m not this busy, I’ll be left behind.” On the other...

The Art of Saying NO For Startups

“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.” ~ Greg McKeown The word’s out. 90% of startups in India will fail within the first five years. Entrepreneurial India, a recent study by the IBM Institute for Business Value and Oxford Economics has...