Basic GTD: You manage actions

Published on January 24, 2013 by Francisco Sáez

“Things rarely get stuck because of lack of time. They get stuck because the doing of them has not been defined.” ~ David Allen

You do not manage time. If you have five minutes available, no matter what you do, you will not end up with six.


Basic GTD: Transforming "stuff"

Published on October 18, 2012 by Francisco Sáez

David Allen calls stuff to anything you have let enter into your world (physical or psychological) that it is not in the proper place, since you have not yet determined the results you hope to achieve and the first action step to do.


Basic GTD: The Promise

Published on September 06, 2012 by Francisco Sáez

The Promise of GTD: To achieve a state in which you will be ready for anything.

“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki

Imagine if you could keep all your personal management under control at all times and at all levels. Imagine if you could dedicate all your attention, with no distractions, to whatever you decide to do. Imagine if you could get meaningful things done in a relaxed way and with minimal effort.


Basic GTD: Horizontal and vertical focus

Published on June 21, 2012 by Francisco Sáez

The horizontal focus has to do with control. The vertical focus has to do with perspective.

Horizontal focus is the key to a relaxed control over your daily activities. It is about clearly defining the outcomes you want—your projects—and the next actions required to achieve them, and creating reminders on a trusted system that you review regularly.


Basic GTD: Control your life in 5 steps

Published on May 10, 2012 by Francisco Sáez

Master the five-stages workflow method.

Normally we go through a five-stages workflow method to deal with our work. We (1) collect things that catch our attention, we (2) process what they mean and we (3) organize the results, which we (4) review frequently to choose which thing to (5) do next.


Basic GTD: Deal with your agreements

Published on May 03, 2012 by Francisco Sáez

The source of the negative feelings.

You usually feel bad when you do not get things done that you had committed to do, but this feeling of anxiety and guilty is not because of the many things you have to do. Frustration comes up when you break an agreement that you have made with yourself.


Basic GTD: The Principle

Published on January 12, 2012 by Francisco Sáez

GTD Principle: Manage your internal commitments effectively.

GTD is a tool whose goal is to eliminate the feeling of having too much to do and not enough time to get it all done. It is based on the principle that we must negotiate our internal commitments effectively.

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