What is GTD®?

All the articles on GTD® that were previously published on www.MyGTDSystem.com are being revised to bring them up to date with the latest edition of David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” and republished here.

GTD® is shorthand for Getting Things Done®, a systematic approach to achieving higher productivity and reducing the stress in you life, devised by David Allen.

The approach was first explained in David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” and was published in 2001. A total rewrite of the book was published in 2015 and there’s no better first step than getting his book and then working systematically through it.

However, here’s a simple guide to his five step process:

  • CAPTURE what has your attention
  • CLARIFY what each item means to you and what to do about it
  • ORGANISE the results to present the options that you need to
  • REFLECT upon, which you can then choose to
  • ENGAGE with

To remember this think of C-CORE

To get started you’ll need to:

  • Set aside the time (particularly for the initial CAPTURE step) – a couple of hours should get you well on your way.
  • Set up the space – a nice clear area, desk, kitchen table, the bench at the bottom of the garden or even a corner down your local coffee shop!
  • Get the tools you need – you don’t need any sophisticated software or other expensive tools – just pen and paper.
  • Get everything else out of the way – make sure you’ve got no interruptions!

The following articles will explain each of the five phases in more detail . . .

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