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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...

The Definition of “Emptying your Mind”

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?

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

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...

Thwart The Robot-Takeover By Tapping into Creativity

Thwart The Robot-Takeover By Tapping into Creativity

Picture this. Thousands of red and blue crates moving in neat lines like busy (but well-behaved) ants. Orders pouring in from all corners of the city get automatically checked out of the warehouse and are loaded into trucks that follow traffic algorithms to reach the...