Getting Things Done (or GTD for the die-hard devotee) is a personal productivity system created by David Allen. GTD is one of the most popular productivity methods out there. His book by the same name has been a top seller since it was first published in 2001.
But this isn’t just any old productivity system. GTD is advertised as being a “methodology that redefines how you approach your life and work.” Wow. That’s a step above just organizing your tasks.
So how is it that this method can change how you approach your life and work? Let’s dive in and find out.
The idea behind GTD
One of the thoughts behind this system is that your mind is great at coming up with ideas, but not so great at holding them. When you try to organize your life by using your brain, you end up stressed out and confused—and things fall through the cracks.
The more information you have rattling around in your head, the worse it is at focusing on actionable tasks that can move you forward.
“There is usually an inverse proportion between how much something is on your mind and how much it’s getting done.” -David Allen.
This idea leads to Allen’s system of getting everything out of your head and into a work-life management system to free up your mind for getting things done.
It takes a little work upfront to get the system set up, but it is oddly satisfying to see all your todos accounted for and to know you can quit thinking about it and just work the system.