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An approach to personal productivity that focuses on action management rather than time management. Based on the best-selling book of the same name.
Best-selling author, management consultant and inventor of Getting Things Done.
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This is a model for choosing what to do at any given moment. It is based on the idea of focusing only on what you can possibly do where you are with what you have.
For knowledge workers, there is a lot of work to do defining our work before we can start actually doing our work. The 5 phases of workflow is the GTD model for capturing, defining and doing our work.
GTD is a "bottom up" approach that focuses on mastering the mundane. Once that is done, though, there are higher perspectives that can really make the system bring about great results.
A best practice is a highly recommended habit to underpin your GTD adoption.
Defines explicitly what we naturally do when planning anything. David Allen recommends we use it consciously to increase personal and team productivity. If more clarity is required on a project, move up the model. If more action is required, move down the model.
The habit of capturing everything that's on your mind so that you can stop thinking about it.
The practice of setting aside dedicated time (typically a couple of hours) to make sure your system is clean, current and complete. David Allen regularly cites this as the critical success factor for GTD.