David Allen is a productivity consultant who is best known as the creator of the time management method known as "Getting Things Done."
This week we chat with productivity legend David Allen about GTD, his gold-standard time management philosophy. Lifehacker staffers share their productivity secrets as well.
Over ten years ago, I read the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. I've been using the tactics and strategies that he laid out in the book in managing tasks and, well, getting things done, ever since. David's out with a new workbook to accompany his classic bestseller, and I have the pleasure to speak with him today about his philosophy and system for managing life. We begin our conversation discussing how David came up with the GTD system in the first place and how it differs from other time management systems out there. David then explains what the "mind like water" mantra is about and how the GTD system helps you clear your head. We then dig into the specific steps of getting things done, including capturing ideas, clarifying tasks into action, organizing those actions, reflecting on your action list, and, of course, taking action!This is a time management system I can personally endorse, so if you're not familiar with it or have fallen off the GTD wagon, I recommend giving this show a listen.Get the show notes at aom.is/gtd.
Episode Show Notesjeffsanders.com/305.Learn More About the ShowThe 5 AM Miracle Podcast.Free Productivity ResourcesJoin The 5 AM Club!.The 5 AM Miracle BookAudiobook, Paperback, and Kindle.Connect on Social MediaFacebook Group • Instagram • Twitter • LinkedIn.Episode SummaryAre you ready for a practical and actionable way to engage with GTD (David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology)?In this week’s episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast I speak with the founder of GTD, David Allen, about his latest book, The Getting Things Done Workbook..Resources Mentioned in this Episode The Getting Things Done Workbook [Book by David Allen and Brandon Hall] GettingThingsDone.com [David’s homebase] The Master of Getting Things Done [My first interview of David Allen] Getting Things Done for Teens [My interview with co-author Mike Williams] Beyond the To-Do List Podcast [Hosted by Erik Fisher] .David AllenDavid Allen is an author, consultant, international lecturer, and founder of the David Allen Company. He is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on personal and organizational productivity.His thirty years of pioneering research, coaching and education of some of the world’s highest-performing professionals, corporations and institutions, has earned him Forbes’ recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the United States, and as one of the “Top 100 thought leaders” by Leadership magazine.Time Magazine labeled his first book, Getting Things Done, as “the defining self-help business book of the decade.” It has been a perennial business bestseller since it’s publication in 2001, and is now published in 28 languages.David Allen is the author of many books, including the international bestseller, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (“GTD” as the method is popularly known), Ready for Anything, Making It All Work, Getting Things Done for Teens, and The Getting Things Done Workbook.
"Your head's for having ideas, not for holding them." — David AllenDavid Allen (@gtdguy) is one of the world's most influential thinkers on productivity, and his 35 years of experience as a management consultant and executive coach have earned him the titles of "personal productivity guru" by Fast Company, one of America's top five executive coaches by Forbes, and among The American Management Association's top 10 business leaders.David's bestselling book, the groundbreaking Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, has been published in thirty languages, and the "GTD" methodology it describes has become a global phenomenon, being taught by training companies in 60 countries. David, his company, and his partners are dedicated to teaching people how to stay relaxed and productive in our fast-paced world.This podcast is brought to you by 99designs, the global creative platform that makes it easy for designers and clients to work together to create designs they love. Its creative process has become the go-to solution for businesses, agencies, and individuals, and I have used it for years to help with display advertising and illustrations and to rapid prototype the cover for The Tao of Seneca. Whether your business needs a logo, website design, business card, or anything you can imagine, check out 99designs.You can work with multiple designers at once to get a bunch of different ideas, or hire the perfect designer for your project based based on their style and industry specialization. It's simple to review concepts and leave feedback so you'll end up with a design that you're happy with. Go to 99designs.com/tim and get $20 off plus a $99 upgrade.This episode is also brought to you by FreshBooks. I've been talking about FreshBooks — an all-in-one invoicing + payments + accounting solution — for years now. Many entrepreneurs, as well as the contractors and freelancers that I work with, use it all the time.FreshBooks makes it super easy to track things like expenses, project time, and client info, and then merge it all into great-looking invoices. FreshBooks can save users up to 200 hours a year on accounting and bookkeeping tasks. Right now FreshBooks is offering my listeners a free 30-day trial, and no credit card is required. Go to FreshBooks.com/tim and enter "Tim Ferriss" in the "How did you hear about us?" section!***If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests. I also love reading the reviews!For show notes and past guests, please visit tim.blog/podcast.Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (“5-Bullet Friday”) at tim.blog/friday.For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts.Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books.Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferrissFacebook: facebook.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Dec 28th, 1945
Location
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Episode Count
8
Podcast Count
8
Total Airtime
6 hours, 21 minutes