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💪 Getting Things Done: Key Ideas, Notes and Summary
The Art of stress-free productivity | Wisdom Letter #183
Today we’re talking about the original classic of productivity - Getting Things Done by David Allen.
It provides a comprehensive system for managing tasks and projects.
I’ll get to it in a minute, but before that I have an important announcement to make.
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Now, onto GTD 🚀
1. Capture Everything
Allen emphasizes the importance of capturing every task, idea, and commitment that enters your mind, no matter how small.
He recommends using a trusted system, such as a notebook or digital tool, to record everything so that you can clear your mind and focus on the task at hand.
I use a tool called Notion. It’s flexible, powerful and free.
2. Clarify outcomes and actions
Once you've captured everything, Allen suggests clarifying each item by defining the desired outcome and identifying the next physical action required to move it forward.
By breaking tasks down into specific actions, you can make progress more easily and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
This is really useful if you have an endless inflow of tasks and just can’t figure out what you want to do next.
3. Organise tasks by context
Allen advocates organising tasks by the context in which they can be completed, such as "at the computer" or "at the store."
By grouping similar tasks together, you can be more efficient and reduce the mental energy required to switch between different types of tasks.
This is smart move, because you can batch together similar tasks and get a lot done in one go, and also not have to deal with the effects of rapid context switching.
4. Review regularly
To maintain control of your tasks and projects, Allen recommends regularly reviewing your lists and calendars.
This helps ensure that you're staying on track with your goals and commitments, and that nothing falls through the cracks.
We don’t learn from experiences, we learn from reflecting on our experiences.
I do daily/weekly/monthly reviews of all my projects and goals, this helps me stay on top of my tasks.
5. Create a Next Actions List
This is a list of specific, actionable tasks that are the next physical step needed to move a project or task forward.
The idea behind the "next actions" list is that many tasks and projects can feel overwhelming or ambiguous, and it can be difficult to know where to start.
By breaking down each task into a specific action that you can take, you can make progress more easily and feel a sense of accomplishment as you complete each step.
This is the most important aspect of the GTD system.
Favourite Quote from David Allen
“Your Mind is for having ideas, not storing them”
There are many more such insightful gems and ideas in the book. You can learn and apply the entire GTD system to make your life better.
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