5 Steps to Getting Things Done

5 Steps to Getting Things Done

5 Steps to Getting Things Done

People have often asked me what is GTD all about. Getting Things Done, appropriately called as the art of stress-free productivity, conceptualised by David Allen, contains the methodology to control the flow of your life’s work.

The GTD methodology is focused on the Mind, which in today’s age of information overload, is more chaotic than ever. The most appropriate state of mind is metaphorically related to the state of water, which simply responds to any external stimulus appropriately and returns to its normal state thereafter.

This state of appropriate engagement is the outcome that can be achieved through the GTD methodology based on the principle that:

“Your mind is for having ideas, and not for holding ideas”.

The GTD methodology is a simple yet comprehensive 5 step process to control the flow of your life’s work:

  1. Capture

Capture anything and everything that has your attention. Capture happens all the time (24 hrs x 365 days) in 3 broad ways – physical, electronic and mental.

  1. Clarify

Clarify mentally or Process what each captured item means to you. This includes deciding on what’s actionable and what’s not, what’s the next action and what’s the desired outcome.

  1. Organise

Organise the clarified items physically into buckets or categories where meaning matches location. Here is where a trusted system gets created for all the stuff in your life.

  1. Reflect

Reflect on your system on a regular basis to get a higher perspective, so that you are able to stay clear, current and creative. The recommended frequency is weekly review.

  1. Engage

Engage into the most appropriate action at the right time, by deciding your priorities. The GTD methodology covers 3 models of deciding priority – limiting criteria, horizons of focus and threefold nature of work.

Here is a summary of the 5 step GTD Methodology presented through a mind map.

GTD Mindmap
The GTD Mindmap – Click to enlarge or download.

The TIME magazine had aptly hailed this book as “the definitive business self-help book of the decade” when it was first published about fifteen years ago. The Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology is based more on attention management rather than time management techniques. As David Allen puts it,

“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”

I have been personally following this methodology since 2006, years before I became Mumbai’s First Certified GTD Trainer in 2016, when I pledged to share this powerful learning with the world.

Wish to know more about the life-transforming GTD methodology?

Here are your options:

Option A. Read the Bible of Productivity by clicking on the book below:

Option B. Attend the next GTD workshop in your nearest city

Click here to get updated about the workshop schedule

Cheers to Stress-free Productivity!

7 Comments

  • Dwight Clairmont
    August 16, 2019 5:23 pm 2Likes

    I wanted to compose you that tiny observation to give thanks as before considering the remarkable methods you’ve featured at this time. It is quite extremely open-handed with you to offer unreservedly precisely what most of us would’ve offered for sale for an ebook to get some profit for themselves, especially seeing that you could have done it if you ever considered necessary. The pointers as well served to become easy way to know that some people have the same passion much like mine to figure out lots more pertaining to this problem. I’m sure there are numerous more fun periods up front for many who go through your blog post.

  • oprolevorter
    September 24, 2019 4:38 pm 1Likes

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

  • oprol evorter
    October 27, 2019 4:53 am 1Likes

    You have noted very interesting points! ps decent internet site.

  • задание 1081 математика 5 класс абылкасымова кучер
    January 22, 2020 10:00 pm 1Likes

    I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back in the future. Cheers| а

  • Free Samples
    January 31, 2020 6:11 pm 0Likes

    Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read something like this before. So nice to search out somebody with some authentic ideas on this subject. realy thanks for starting this up. this web site is one thing that is wanted on the net, someone with a bit of originality. helpful job for bringing one thing new to the internet!

  • frolep rotrem
    February 25, 2020 8:17 pm 0Likes

    I am glad to be a visitant of this double dyed web site! , regards for this rare info ! .

  • https://www.mojosud.sk/
    March 27, 2020 6:10 pm 1Likes

    Great, thanks for sharing this article post.Thanks Again. Want more.

Leave a comment