GTD or getting things done has been in the news lately, but what exactly is it? Why is it important? Started by David Allen, the concept of GTD is what it says on the tin – it’s a way of being productive in both a professional and personal life. Getting things done requires that you put a focus to all of your things that need to be done, organizing them in order of the importance. This allows for you to concentrate on the things that need to be completed first.
David Allen is the creator of this system, owning to thirty years of experience in the personal and organizational productivity; he is currently the founder and CEO of his own business, the David Allen Company.
So how does someone use this concept of GTD? The main way is the use of using programs or procedures that will allow you to write down the things that you have to do. Think of it as a to do list, where you put the most pertinent information at the top and then organize through importance. The standard answer is the handy pen and paper method, but if you’re pretty tech handy, there are a ton of different programs that can be used to help.
The easiest programs are those that allow you to sync lists and progress from different areas – computer, online, and smartphones. Evernote, Dropbox, and Wunderlist are fairly popular in this regard, as all three have the capability of being synced across a number of devices. All three have programs that can be downloaded to a desktop or laptop computer, have web access in order to use on any computer, as well as having smartphone apps that can be used when on the go. They also have extensions to be used in fan favorite browsers such as Firefox and Chrome.
Programs aren’t the only thing that can help in GTD – as mentioned, web browsers can also provide extensions and add-ons that can help with keeping productive. Many of these are cross browser accessible, meaning that they are offered for both Firefox and Chrome. Popular ones are Xmarks, which keeps track of bookmarks across browsers; Google Shortcuts, which give shortcuts to popular Google products such as Gmail and Calendar; web blockers like Stay Focus’d, which blocks distracting websites for a specified amount of time.
GTD is a concept that has helped not only businesses and organizations, but individuals who are hoping to keep focused on their daily tasks and keep ahead of time constraints.