Getting things done - Book Summary by Kriselle Laran


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A summary of "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. This summary covers the five-stage workflow outlined by David Allen and digital ways of applying this philosophy to work processes. This summary is by Kriselle Laran.

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Getting things done - Book Summary by Kriselle Laran

  1. 1. Getting Things Done
 by David Allen
 Book summary by
 Kriselle Laran
 October 2013 "
  2. 2. •  •  •  •  •  •  •  The brain is “a little stupid” Life’s random inputs Having a lot of “stuff” creates stress Open loops pull your attention from the now Capturing what has your attention Defining actionable tactics and desired outcomes Achieving productivity About “Getting Things Done”"
  3. 3. Collec&ng   Doing   Reviewing   The Five Stage Workflow" Processing   Organizing  
  4. 4. •  An inbox can be physical or digital •  Write down everything that comes to mind •  Capture everything onto paper •  Stop thinking about things until a next action is needed •  Decide what needs to be done next Phase 1: Collecting" Collec&ng   Doing   Reviewing   Processing   Organizing  
  5. 5. •  Can a task be completed in less than 2 minutes? –  If yes, do the task now –  If no, move to phase 2 and designate a deadline •  Write down the decision •  Determine and write down all related tasks Phase 1b: Time Frames" Collec&ng   Doing   Reviewing   Processing   Organizing  
  6. 6. •  Create layer of prioritization •  Differentiate from to-do list to systematic methodology •  Instill a strict workflow –  Start at the beginning –  Don’t multi-task –  Don’t put anything back into ‘in’ –  Determine Action •  Do, Delegate or Defer •  File, throw away or incubate for later Phase 2: Processing" Collec&ng   Doing   Reviewing   Processing   Organizing  
  7. 7. •  •  •  •  Review each itemized task Organize deferred tasks Organize for context Categorize and complete action –  Projects –  Calendar –  Next actions –  Waiting Phase 3: Organizing" Collec&ng   Doing   Reviewing   Processing   Organizing  
  8. 8. •  Review calendarand task list daily •  Consistently return to inbox and review tasks and deadlines •  Always ask the question, “can this be done now” •  Rely on what’s written but adjust if needed Phase 4: Review" Collec&ng   Doing   Reviewing   Processing   Organizing  
  9. 9. •  Check off the item that is done –  All items should be checked off, regardless of who completed the task –  Own all items for which you have some accountability •  Prioritize according to stated goals •  Revisit and adjust accordingly Phase 5: Get it done!" Collec&ng   Doing   Reviewing   Processing   Organizing  
  10. 10. •  Productivity apps make up a large chunk of the App Store •  Companies strive to amplify a consumer’s life as it is rather than change it •  GTD philosophy guides many current apps GTD Digitally" Remember  the   Milk     Trello   Weave   Wunderlist    
  11. 11. •  GTD requires investment in time •  Vertical thinking clarifies horizontal purpose and vision •  It’s a philosophy, not a process Final Thoughts"
  12. 12. Thank you! Contact information: Kriselle Laran About Kriselle"