Our GTD podcasts are here to support you at every stage of your GTD practice. You will hear interviews with 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.
Here's the Latest Episode from Getting Things Done:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this speech excerpt, David Allen shares the GTD® keys to clarifying your work.
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.
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.
Feeling overwhelmed? This talk from David Allen is a wonderful overview of the keys to control & perspective. Includes participant Q&A at the end.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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!
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.