This article was originally posted during the first week of 43 Folders' existence, and, pound for pound, it remains our most popular page on the site. Please be sure to also visit related pages , browse our GTD topic area , plus, of course you can search on GTD across our family of sites. I’ll be talking a lot here in coming weeks about Getting Things Done , a book by David Allen whose apt subtitle is “The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.”
Editors Note: This great piece has been contributed by GTD Community Member Joe Ely who was kind enough to offer to share his personal GTD system with us in the following post. A bit about Joe: Joe Ely is the Director of Operations at Cook Biotech, Inc, a medical device manufacturing company in West Lafayette, Indiana. He writes the blog Learning About Lean , a study of Lean Manufacturing. In his spare time he enjoys distance running and the Chicago Cubs, both avocations requiring great endurance. By Joe Ely joeely618 at gmail.com Coach Kelly Forrister recently blogged on what makes a good GTD list manager?
Notes from Getting Things Done (GTD) by David Allen (GTD® and Getting Things Done® are registered trademarks of the David Allen Company. Please visit www.davidco.com to learn more.) capture all the things that need to get done into a logical and trusted system outside of your head and off your mind disciplining yourself to make decisions about all the inputs you let into your life, so that you will always have a plan for next actions that you can implement or renegotiate at any moment Outcomes & Actions
While some know of David Allen by his book or seminars, I've had the good fortune to get to know David personally and be coached by him. I worked for David for many years and in that time, he has become a friend, mentor and colleague. I know his approach to personal productivity works and I can testify that he practices what he preaches about productivity. At its core, his message is not a difficult one.