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

This is episode eight, Reflections on GTD: What I Wish I Knew When I Started GTD, Part One, and our second-to-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, Francis 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.

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

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Francis Wade

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

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

Perfect Time-Based Productivity by Francis Wade

Getting Things Done for Teens: Take Control of Your Life in a Distracting World by David Allen, Mike Williams and Mark Wallace

GTD Fast audio program

Top 6 Mistakes GTD’ers Make

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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 re Sydney Smith and a goose open out with Francis Wayne an art gallery.

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:16
Welcome back, everybody to productivity cast, the weekly show about all things personal productivity. I'm recently Smith and I'm joined here today with acoustic burnout. And Francis Wade. Good morning, gentlemen. Good morning. Good morning. Morning. We are going to be talking today about what are the things that we wish we knew when we first learned about and attempted to implement getting things done getting things methodology, this closes out our series on the Getting Things Done methodology. It's certainly not the last episode will have about it. But it's certainly in this particular series, we wanted to close that we can pass along to you about getting things done. So that if you are just going getting started, or if you've been chugging along and having some level of success, and some two steps forward, one step back with getting things done, you'll hopefully learn a thing or two along the way with our conversation about how to get moving forward, get that momentum around areas that you might be having some problems. This topic was proposed by Augusto So, okay, so why don't you kick it off for us? Why don't you tell us a little bit about what brought this topic to mind. And your first thought about what you wish you knew when you started becoming a GTD practitioner,

Augusto Pinaud 1:38
it took me a while to to get into a solid system of getting things done. And there is a lot of things about the methodology that I think are extremely powerful. So so I want to start there because I don't want this to go into all this is your having this topic because this doesn't work. Because has nothing to do with that. I just wish that when people start reading the book, and when people start implementing,

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