The Essence of GTD by David Allen

The Essence of GTD by David Allen

Posted on May 21, 2011

I have been using this video in many presentations to explain the essence of GTD. Who better than David Allen to give a brief intro about Getting Things Done (GTD). Before you check this out, I would like to mention a few things about GTD. If you never heard of GTD then you will not get it in the first viewing of this video. If you heard of GTD and never took time to practice it then the concept will amuse you. If you have practiced GTD for a year or more, you would be amazed by the number of formulas that David Allen spews out in one minute. You will wish you could speak like him. So, here you go…

I have used this video multiple times to explain how your team’s productivity can be increased by up to 33% (some other time as to how I get to this number). I have also known GTD since 3 years. When I came to know about David Allen and his book Getting Things Done back in 2009, I felt as though I was a late starter. I felt I was behind and left out when the entire world knew about GTD from many years. Also an entire industry had been built around GTD.

What amazes after I present GTD is that I find out only 2% of my listeners have heard of GTD. On top of that no one tried it. Maybe heard about it or bought a book or an app but not practiced it. I understand that there is a huge learning curve and personally I get off of GTD more often than I want to but 98% not even heard about it definitely amazes me. It is not a scientific survey or anything and so 98% is only in my personal experience. So, please take it with a grain of salt.

I am curious to know how you would like to implement GTD. If this is something that you would like to try out.

Thanks for reading.

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