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Productivity Cast

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047 Reflections on Getting Things Done (GTD): What I Wish I Knew When I Started GTD, Part Two – ProductivityCast

This is episode nine, Reflections on GTD: What I Wish I Knew When I Started GTD, Part Two, and therefore the last in our nine-part series on the Getting Things Done (GTD) personal productivity methodology and eponymously-titled book, from the perspective of the ProductivityCast team–as long-term practitioners, critics and observers of GTD.

In this cast, Augusto Pinaud, Francis Wade, Art Gelwicks and I discuss what we wish we knew when we first started or came across Getting Things Done, the book and methodology, as we tried to understand and/or implement it.

This certainly isn't the last time we'll talk about GTD, but we had a great time discussing GTD in this series and hope you enjoyed it, too!

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In this Cast | What I Wish I Knew When I Started GTD, Part Two

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Francis Wade

Art Gelwicks

Show Notes | What I Wish I Knew When I Started GTD, Part Two

Resources we mention, including links to them will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.

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

Getting Things Done Virtual Study Group

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GTD Fast audio program


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Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling, productive life? Then you've come to the right place productivity cast the weekly show about all things productivity here, your host Ray Sidney-Smith and Augusto Pinaud with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks.

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:16
Welcome back everybody to productivity cast the weekly show about all things productivity I'm recently Smith I'm joined here with August to pronounce Francis weight in our galaxy. Welcome to the show gentlemen.

Augusto Pinaud 0:28
Good morning.

Francis Wade 0:29
Thanks Ray.

Art Gelwicks 0:30
Morning. Hey guys, how's everything going,

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:32
it's good to have all of us on the show again this week and and we're back at it with a continuation of the conversation we were having last week. And to fill you all in. If you haven't listened to Episode 46, hop on back over there and listen to Episode 46 at productivity forward slash 046. And you'll be able to hear the first part of our conversation about what we all wish we knew. When we started GTD, some of us are not GTD practitioners now, but we've all been acquainted with the material and have probably attempted to implement it at some level. And these are all things that we wish we had known when we first attempted to go ahead and implement. So I'm going to kick us off here with the first item that I really am thinking about as we continue the conversation from last week. Which is this idea of, of trusting your system. And so David Allen talks about trusting the your system. And and through this concept of trust, you'll be you'll be more comfortable with externalising your tasks and projects. And I'm very curious about what you will also have to say about this. Because when I first thought about that, it was a real game changer. For me. I felt very excited about this idea that if I trusted where I was good to put things,

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