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10 Tips to Improve Focus and Dramatically Boost Your PerformancePick the Brain

They said that a goldfish has a low attention span. Little do they know, we are not any better. According to a study from Microsoft, the average human has an 8-second attention span. That is even less than a goldfish by one second. I personally believe that the number has also shrunk over time because our digital world keeps moving fast. And we are always seeking out for what’s new and what’s next all the time. You might develop an…

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How Recapping My Days Changed My LifePick the Brain

In 2015, I made a New Years resolution. At the start of each day, I would review what I had done the previous day and log it in a text file. This wouldn’t be literally everything (Otherwise it would get rather tedious); just things that were worth remembering or indicated some kind of action had been taken that would move me forward, no matter how small. If I made a new recipe, it would go in. If I saw a…

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Doug’s GTD Story – Getting Things Done®

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by GTD Times Staff Tell us a little about you and your workMy name is Doug Crane and I am a librarian by profession for over 22 years. I currently have the honor to serve as Director of the Palm Beach County Library System in southeast Florida where I oversee the major executive functions of a busy seventeen-branch public library system.     How did you hear about GTD?Not surprisingly, I found it at the…

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GTD & Nirvana Setup Guide

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by GTD Times Staff We’re excited to release a guide that many people have requested over the years–GTD & Nirvana. This elegant app, built with GTD in mind, is a great option for managing your lists. This new GTD & Nirvana Guide will show you how to:– Understand the fundamental GTD best practices– Optimally configure Nirvana in the way we have found works best for GTD– Integrate your actionable email– Create project, next actions, waiting…

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Episode #44: GTD for Creative People

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 by GTD Times Staff 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.   Listen Now—GTD for Creative People    Subscribe or Download to GTD Podcasts iTunesStitcherLibsynGoogle Play MusicSpotifySoundCloud (function() { … This is only a snippet of a Self…

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Where should I start with GTD?

People worldwide are discovering the Getting Things Done® methodology; and often I’m asked, “Where should I start with GTD?!” They have either read the book, been to a course, heard about it on a podcast or from a friend; and they have sufficient inspiration or at least curiosity to test it out. But because there are multiple aspects and components of the GTD approach, they’re feeling a bit lost about how to engage, to begin with. It’s also a question…

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Getting to inbox zero – Getting Things Done®

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by GTD Times Staff Question:According to David Allen, we should get clear daily. Does this mean daily inbox zero for email? I feel like if I got to inbox zero daily, especially with email, that’s all I would do.                   Coach Kelly Forrister:Great question. It’s really a balance of every day of the 3 types of work, as described in GTD’s Threefold Nature of Work model: Defining…

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Aliman’s GTD Story – Getting Things Done®

Tell us a little about yourself: My name is Aliman Sears from the Island of Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii (Kailua side). My primary work is chief operating officer and co-founder of a nonprofit psychiatric social work agency. I am also adjunct professor of philosophy at Chaminade University, Honolulu.   How did you hear about GTD? In 2016 during meditation I “directly received” that I could get myself organized and relieve stress if I captured everything, decided what needed to be done with it…

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Getting things off your mind

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 by GTD Times Staff Even very important things can be on cruise control and not on your mind. If your attention is being grabbed, then there’s almost an inverse relationship there. The degree to which your attention is being grabbed is the degree to which you are not free to place your attention where and how you want to. So, if nothing else, it’s just a pure practical idea that, if you can get rid…

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Here’s How To 10X Your Personal GrowthPick the Brain

There’s one problem when it comes to Personal Growth. Most of us don’t even know the depth of our problems. 60–70% of the time I’m mistaken in doing so. It’s my father or my journal that uncovers the whole situation for me most of the times. I never knew that I was so reactive.I never knew that negative self-talk was a problem.I never knew that I was playing blame-game with myself.I never knew that I was lying to myself. There’s…

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What should you do? – Getting Things Done®

Date: Monday, October 29, 2018 by GTD Times Staff What should you do?  With many choices you are given moment-to-moment, what should you do? There are five steps in the Mastering Workflow model of GTD®: Capture, clarify, organize, reflect, and engage. So which step is most important? How do you decide whether to collect stuff, process an inbox, organize your work, reflect on all of your choices, or just do something? The decision comes back to a key concept in…

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GTD Summit in Amsterdam – Getting Things Done®

GTD is learned behavior We are not born knowing how to deal with things that we need to think about. What we need to think about, and how we need to think about it, in the most effective way, are learned behaviors. Our brains evolved to respond, highly effectively, in the present, to a perceived situation. There’s a bear coming toward me, a thunderstorm emerging, a baby crying, and I’m hungry. Your brain is still doing that for you. Actually, it…

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When did email become my job?

Date: Friday, November 02, 2018 by GTD Times Staff Question: At what point did answering e-mail become my job? David Allen: Well, at what point did answering anything—your mail, having conversations in your hallway—become your job? It’s all your job. You just have to decide what your work is. As the late, great Peter Drucker said, that’s your biggest job, to define what your work is. So how do you define what your work is, and therefore should you be…

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