A real pleasure to spend some time with David Allen, best-selling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity.
David joins me to discuss the new edition of the business classic. You can click here to learn more about David Allen.
Discussion guide from today’s conversation:
1. Why did you need to do a rewrite of Getting Things Done?
2. What’s changed in these last fifteen years? Are we more or less busy than we used to be? How is the world different?
3. We discuss the key #GTD methodology (the Five Steps): Capture, Clarify, Organize, Reflect, and Engage.
4. We then discuss where most people fall short. And you’ll be surprised by his answer…
5. Is the proliferation of productivity apps and software helpful in becoming more productive?
6. Does it matter what productivity “tool” you use? Or is it more important to follow the methodology?
7. “This is all about using your mental energies to think ABOUT things, rather than thinking OF them. The importance of mindset with getting things done.
8. The mind is most important element to do, and most of us don’t do the thinking required to make #GTD work. That’s why I believe the clarify and reflect steps are so important.
9. “This is all about creating space.”
10. What is the biggest mistake people make when it comes to their productivity?
11. What’s the most important action someone can take to begin to get a handle on it?
Get a copy of the 2015 edition of David Allen’s classic book:
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
He is a former marketing strategist, national political operative, and lobbyist.
Todd has published five books, writes a business + lifestyle column, is a distance runner, and lives in Chicago with his wife Stephanie + family.