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Getting Things Done, or GTD, is one of the most popular productivity systems on the planet, and for a good reason — it helps you be on top of your tasks and obligations by getting them out of your overloaded brain and into your trusted system, so you can focus on execution, not juggling.

In this episode, we’re going to examine some of the keys to being successful with GTD — we can all read the book and learn the tactical stuff, but how do you actually make it work for you and stick with it?

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [3:15]
  • A quick overview of Getting Things Done and some quick recommendations for seasoned veterans [7:22]
  • Why using your GTD system, you should always start with being clear on why you are using it [8:49]
  • Why you should have as few places to write things down as you possibly can [20:39]
  • Why avoiding any friction in the note-taking process is paramount [23:24]
  • The simple rule that will remove a lot of simple tasks from your todo list [27:04]
  • Why two tech-obsessed power users think you should print out a flowchart and stick it to your wall [31:40]
  • The power of classical conditioning in helping you stick with your productivity system [35:24]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [40:41]

There are 5 steps to GTD

  1. Capture
  2. Clarify
  3. Organize
  4. Reflect
  5. Engage


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