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  1. Episode 10: PRODUCTIVITY – David Allen on the Art of Stress-Free Productivity – THE DAILY CORDIAL

    Welcome! Do you need help managing your time and being more productive? Is your life—and your brain—cluttered with a zillion items on your “to-do” list? I have the answer for you! Meet David Allen, a consultant and the author of “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.” His clearly defined methodology holds answers for you in managing your life’s work, from the personal to the professional.  I was SO excited to have David on the show as I am a huge advocate of the GTD way.

    David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on personal and organizational productivity. Forbes named him one of the top 5 executive coaches in the U.S. and Fast Company Magazine named him one of the world’s most influential thinkers on personal productivity.

    David’s internationally bestselling book “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity”  has attracted a massive following of devoted fans who swear by his technique. (including me)

    The “Getting Things Done” methodology, also know as GTD, has shown millions how to transform a fast-paced, overwhelming, overcommitted life into one that is balanced, integrated and relaxed. Time Magazine proclaimed “Getting Things Done” to be ‘the definitive business self-help book of the decade.”

    But this technique isn’t just for work – it’s a proven path for getting control of your life.


    In today’s show, we discuss all things PRODUCTIVITY. 

    David walks us through his step-by-step process of “Getting Things Done”

    We learn the 5 simple steps to apply order to chaos

    David shares his “2 minute rule” for checking things off your to-do list

    Why do we procrastinate?

    And we discuss the importance of honoring our commitments to ourselves and why that is sometimes difficult

    plus much much more

    What you’ll hear in this episode:

    How David ended up where he is today

    David makes the distinction between what the brain was designed to do and what we want it to do.

    We try to keep track of everything internally and overload our brains.

    Understanding “The Open Loop”—loose ends cluttering up our head space

    Five Simple Steps to help apply order to chaos: Capture, Clarify, Organize, Reflect, and Engage. David explains each step and how to apply it to life.

    David’s “Two Minute Rule” for getting things done

    Why his model is a holistic plan, going through ALL the steps to get really clear.

    We each have a comfort zone for unprocessed stuff.

    Why we keep deadlines and commitments to others, but often NOT to ourselves

    David’s plan can bring you success in ONLY TWO DAYS! It may take up to two years to become a habit.

    Why do we procrastinate? We are afraid to fail, so we don’t start. It’s the perfectionist trap.

    David shares his morning routine. You may be surprised at his priorities!

    Why your lists and processes need a weekly review

    Why are we here? “To experience who we are at multiple different levels and explore that so we return back to the essence of what we came from”

    Connect with David:

    Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

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    I would love to hear your feedback and get to know you guys so if you have topic requests or guest suggestions or just want to say hi – you can reach me at or on social media below





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  2. David Allen on Getting Things Done (GTD), Proactive VS Reactive, and The Power of Daily Review - Episode #64 - The Sales Blog

    Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 50:04 — 45.9MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | RSSAnyone who’s been in the business world over the course of the past 30 years has heard of Getting Things Done (GTD), the productivity approach that David Allen revealed in his incredible book by the same name. Anthony points to the GTD approach as the one thing that has turned around both his desire and his ability to be truly productive day in and day out – a massively needed thing for his busy life. Today’s episode features a conversation between Anthony and David that gets into some of the history of the GTD approach and how David applies the system to his own life. You’ll get some high level and very practical things in this episode with one of the most influential people in the realm of action and effectiveness.

    David Allen, creator of Getting Things Done on this episode of In The ArenaClick To Tweet

    Your favorite sports teams do it, why don’t you?

    Think of your favorite sports team right now – any sport. Do you imagine that they spend the majority of their time doing what they want and then preparing for their games only a few hours before gametime? That’s ridiculous, right? But most of us handle our lives in exactly that way. We wake, take care of personal hygiene, etc. – then head to the office and dive right in. We wind up putting out fires all day long and responding to whatever comes up instead of being truly productive. David Allen says that one of the keys to the GTD system is that it requires a daily review time BEFORE you actually get started with the day. It’s a time to assess what’s possible, what’s on your lists, and what you will take action on for the day. It’s the only way he knows that successful people truly get things done. Find out how to implement your own daily review on this episode.

    What is your next action? That’s one of the most important questions you can ask.

    During their conversation for this episode of the podcast Anthony asked David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, why it’s so difficult for people to choose their next action. The simple answer is that it’s hard work to figure out much of the time. But it’s also the most important thing you can do to align your daily activity with the things that are truly the most important to you. On this episode David tells how you can think through your life and your life goals to ensure that your decisions about next actions are the ones that will move you ahead most effectively. Be sure you carve out the time to listen. Who knows, this may be YOUR best “next action.”

    Control without focus is micromanagement and focus without control is crazymaking ~ David AllenClick To Tweet

    Make better decisions by raising yourself up to a higher level.

    Many times the decisions we make are reactionary, simple responses to the things that happen throughout the course of life. Sometimes that’s necessary and helpful, but much of the time it’s nothing more than a distraction to the truly important things. On this episode of In The Arena, David and Anthony discuss how a brief moment of “higher level” thinking – consideration of the decision in light of your life’s higher goals – can help you decide whether to delay certain tasks, delegate them, or not do them at all. It’s a very helpful, simple, but profound way of looking at the tasks that crop up each day. You’ll get a lot out of this part of the conversation.

    Why do you live in your inbox?

    It’s a pretty common thing in the business world to see professionals checking their email repeatedly within a short matter of time. It’s one thing to check email just before going into an important meeting so you can go in prepared with last minute information. It’s quite another to live in your inbox, checking it multiple times every hour. David Allen suggests that you’d never do that if it was “real” mail, in a physical mailbox outside your house. You’d get on with the more important things in life and check your mail once a day. Rethinking the tools and making them work for you is one of the most important things you can do to get a handle on your productivity and you can learn from David Allen, the master of Getting Things Done, on this episode.

    Start to pay attention to what has your attention ~ David Allen, on this episodeClick To Tweet

    Outline of this great episode

    [1:30] How our lives are more complicated and involved than ever.

    [2:24] The impact GTD (Getting Things Done) had on Anthony’s life.

    [4:48] How David came to understand the GTD philosophy.

    [9:21] When David figured out that GTD was big enough to be his life’s work.

    [12:51] What causes such difficulty in deciding on a next action?

    [18:37] How moving up to a higher level of consideration helps in making decisions.

    [20:30] What does it mean to be productive? What is productivity?

    [22:12] The baggage around the world “efficiency.”

    [23:15] Are people experiencing a greater sense of stress today than back in the 80s?

    [25:37] Does technology offer answers to the stress and overwhelm people feel?

    [29:15] What does neuroscience tell us about focus and attention?

    [33:15] What’s the price we pay for being constantly distracted?

    [37:14] What’s the root cause of procrastination and how can it be fixed?

    [39:36] GTD across the globe and dealing with cultures when it comes to productivity.

    [42:00] The type of people who use and need GTD (everybody).

    [43:05] The power and importance of the weekly review.

    [47:34] Last book David read and the most influential books he’s read.

    [49:50] The people who have had the most influence on David.

    [51:11] The most important thing David has learned in life.

    [51:48] What job would David want to do if he wasn’t doing what he does now?

    [52:41] What David wants to be remembered for.

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