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GTD or “Getting Things Done” is a productivity system that has been a lifesaver for us going back to the mid-2000s.

As we’ve talked to members of the community and podcast listeners over the years, we’ve found that there are certain things that almost everyone does when they’re just starting out, and most of the time they cause problems later.

We don’t want that to be you! So we’re going to go through 5 mistakes that almost everyone makes with GTD, and what you should do instead. Even if you’ve been using GTD for years, we bet you’re doing some of these too.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:35]
  • What GTD is and for who and for what it works best [9:10]
  • Why the key to having a good capture system is to minimize the amount of inputs [16:25]
  • How specificity with your next actions can have a profound effect on your GTD system [26:46]
  • How not having a clear idea of contexts can be confusing [34:00]
  • The strength of keeping consistent scheduled times to do your weekly reviews [40:38]
  • Why overthinking things can cause your system to fall apart [45:15]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [51:30]


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  1. One of the biggest productivity wasters is listening to podcasts or watching videos when reading a summarized list would convey the same information in 1/20 the time. An entire half-hour newscast conveys the same information that’s in one column inch of a newspaper. Thanks for improving our efficiency by transcribing your podcast.

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