That Makes 2 Of Us

Episode 6 - Getting things done with David Allen

September 29, 2021 Vanessa & Jan Episode 6
That Makes 2 Of Us
Episode 6 - Getting things done with David Allen
Show Notes

Hi and welcome to That Makes 2 Of Us. 

In this sixth episode, we will discuss a topic that is crucial to achieving our goals: focus and productivity. More specifically, we will discuss the productivity methodology “Getting Things Done” that redefines how we approach our life and has received a lot of global popularity over the past few years.

How can we get things done, how can we stay focused and what are tools to be more productive?

To answer all of these questions, we invited David Allen, the engineer of the Getting Things Done Methodology, or brief GTD, and the author of the award winning book of the same name who will provide us with insight and tools to maximize productivity.

David explains that “our head is a crazy office”, that we need a structured approach for planning and project management.  He explains the five steps of GTD: 

1. Capture, 

2. Clarify,

3. Organize,

4. Reflect,

5. Engage.

Furthermore, David shares some specific tools to apply GTD in your professional and personal life.

And remember, it doesn't matter who or where you are, you are not alone because that already makes two of us.

Guest Bio

David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. Fast Company Magazine called David “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” in the arena of personal productivity. David is the international best-selling author of Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity. He is the engineer of GTD®, the popular Getting Things Done® methodology. David is the Founder and Chairman of the David Allen Company.

Publications by the Author

“Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity”

“Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life”

“Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life”

Books mentioned by the Author

“Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity”, David Allen


Methodology and basic principles behind Getting Things Done.

Is GTD a Methodology for Project Management, Productivity or Life Engagement?

Why did GTD get worldwide attention and popularity?

What is the right mental state to get things done?

The important of planning your life outside your head.

What is the best tool for using GTD?

Pen and paper vs. computer based tools.

Personal story of David Allen, how he got into productivity improvement coaching.

Key Takeaway

  1. Get everything out of your head that has your attention, your head is a crappy office.
  2. Sooner than later decide the next actions you need to take about any of those things you need to do something about.
  3. Have some sort of reflective process on a regular basis.