Getting Things Done



Our GTD® podcasts are here to support you at every stage of your GTD practice. You will hear David Allen and others interviewing people from all walks of life about their journey with GTD, from beginners to those who have been at it for years. The podcasts include personal and professional stories, as well as practical tips about GTD systems for desktop and mobile, using apps and paper. Start listening now and you'll be well on your way to stress-free productivity.


  • Ep: 57 - The Natural Planning Model

    05/02/2020 Duración: 21min

    In this episode, David shares some useful insights regarding how we already plan projects when we're at our best: The Natural Planning Model.  He contrasts this behavior with the much more common unnatural or reactive planning models.  You'll also learn about the importance of vision and principles when planning, and a practical way to get stagnant projects moving again.  

  • Ep: 56 - Mental RAM, Rapid Refocusing, and Checklists

    03/01/2020 Duración: 16min

    Today we have three separate, rare segments pulled from the archives on different concepts that are all related to memory and performance improvement.  First, you’ll hear a segment regarding the idea of mental RAM, and what happens when we leave unclosed loops open in our lives.  Next, you’ll learn about multitasking vs. rapid refocusing and how that state helps us scale our performance.  And third, you’ll learn a few handy uses for checklists in order to continuously improve over time.  

  • Ep: 55 - Removing System Drag

    18/11/2019 Duración: 16min

    What behaviors actually make a difference in your GTD system?  Listen as David Allen shares tips on removing system drag in front of a live audience.

  • Ep: 54 - Someday / Maybe and Incubation Best Practices

    28/10/2019 Duración: 18min

    Today David Allen shares best practices for Someday/Maybe & Incubation lists in front of a live audience. He provides plenty of example scenarios where Someday/Maybe lists can serve, as well as the specific circumstances it would be helpful to incubate information until a later date. You might even get a few new ideas for how to further improve your system as you listen.

  • Ep: 53 - An Overview of GTD

    05/10/2019 Duración: 40min

    This engaging and inspiring interview with David Allen, by Tragedy and Hope broadcasts, explores the key principles of GTD and how to make informed choices with ease. The interviewer, Richard Grove, is a GTD enthusiast himself, and his intelligent questions make this interview particularly interesting.

  • Ep: 52 - The Ultimate GTD App - Part 2

    23/08/2019 Duración: 49min

    At the June 2019 GTD Summit, David Allen briefly shared a vision of the “ultimate GTD app,” which consists of 19 pages of hand-drawn drafts of the screens he would want to use. To expand on that topic, we recorded David talking with Eric Mack and John Forrister about the past, present, and future of GTD software. It's a wide-ranging discussion with stories that will inform, entertain, and maybe even surprise you. This episode is part two of two.

  • Ep: 51 - The Ultimate GTD App - Part 1

    08/08/2019 Duración: 41min

    At the June 2019 GTD Summit, David Allen briefly shared a vision of the “ultimate GTD app,” which consists of 19 pages of hand-drawn drafts of the screens he would want to use. To expand on that topic, we recorded David talking with Eric Mack and John Forrister about the past, present, and future of GTD software. It's a wide-ranging discussion with stories that will inform, entertain, and maybe even surprise you. This episode is part one of two.

  • Ep: 50 - David Allen Talks with Brian Robertson

    15/05/2019 Duración: 26min

    This is a fascinating, wide-ranging conversation between David Allen and Brian Robertson. They discuss how we as humans relate to our own attention, and how the increasing complexity of our work environment has necessitated that we get stuff off our minds. They point out multiple common threads between Getting Things Done for individuals and Holacracy for organizations. They also consider what happens after your personal system and your organization's system are on cruise control.

  • Ep: 49 - David Allen Talks with Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez

    15/04/2019 Duración: 36min

    Join David Allen for an intriguing discussion about leadership and the architecture of story, with Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez. They came to fame when they created the presentations that Al Gore used in speeches for several years before An Inconvenient Truth won the Academy Award for best documentary. Their book is Illuminate, "a road-map to help leaders move people to embrace bold visions and carry them forward." They describe five phases of an organization's story, and how leaders need to communicate to inspire progress. The team at Duarte have also been a trusted resource for David Allen Company in the storytelling involved with our GTD curriculum.

  • Ep: 48 - Installing GTD in an Organization

    11/03/2019 Duración: 29min

    Jason Atwood has built Getting Things Done into his company from the start. Listen as he shares with David Allen about starting Arkus, a Salesforce consulting firm, well after his own GTD practice was on a solid foundation. Beyond encouraging his employees to adopt GTD, he provides them with ongoing tools and support. During the onboarding period, he even meets with new employees to answer questions and refine their GTD implementation.

  • Ep: 47 - David Allen at the GTD Summit

    29/01/2019 Duración: 12min

    This episode of our podcast is from David Allen's opening talk at the GTD Summit in 2009. We've just announced the 2019 GTD Summit, and we'd love to see you there. Get all the details at  

  • Ep: 46 - Seamless Completions and Fresh Perspectives

    12/12/2018 Duración: 45min

    David Allen and Coach Kelly Forrister present an instructional webinar where you'll have the opportunity to take a deeper dive into understanding the power of completion and creating a vision for wild success.

  • Ep: 45 - Dealing with Competing Priorities

    20/11/2018 Duración: 33min

    Do you ever struggle with managing competing priorities and don't know how you'll get it all done?  Join David Allen for a conversation that's packed with practical GTD coaching advice on how to deal with competing priorities--from getting a higher perspective on your life and work, down to trusting your moment-to-moment action choices.

  • Ep: 44 - GTD® for Creative People

    27/09/2018 Duración: 34min

    Musician Evan Taubenfeld and entertainment lawyer Danny Passman join David Allen and Coach Kelly Forrister in an inspiring conversation about GTD for creative people. Lots of wonderful nuggets in this episode about finding the creative spark within the structure of a GTD system.

  • Ep: 43 - The Power of the GTD Weekly Review®

    15/08/2018 Duración: 17min

    David Allen shares his thoughts on what a good Weekly Review is and isn't, as well as some random tips and tricks from his years in the trenches.

  • Ep: 42 - Getting Things Done for Teens

    08/07/2018 Duración: 24min

    David Allen, Mike Williams, and Mark Wallace discuss the brand new book Getting Things Done for Teens, including what's different, what's the same, and some of the wisdom they've garnered in writing the book together. Learn more at

  • Ep: 41 - David Allen Talks with General Randal Fullhart

    12/06/2018 Duración: 46min

    David Allen talks with General Randal Fullhart. Graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1979, Randy has commanded at the squadron, group, and wing levels. He shares insights and tips about his journey with GTD, teamwork, and leadership.

  • Ep: 40 - Best Practices of Email Communication

    08/05/2018 Duración: 28min

    In this podcast, Coach Kelly Forrister focuses on the best practices of email communications with others, including appropriate use, writing effective subject lines, creating agreed upon response times, reply to all and more.

  • Ep: 39 - GTD® and Holacracy®

    27/03/2018 Duración: 43min

    In this podcast we hear a wide-ranging conversation between David Allen and the founder of HolacracyOne, Brian Robertson. Just as GTD is a systematic approach to maintaining perspective and control in your life, Holacracy is a systematic approach (or operating system) to running an organization. You'll hear a lot of interesting similarities between the two models, as well as their shared history and purpose.

  • Ep: 38 - The Power of Outcome Thinking

    09/02/2018 Duración: 23min

    David Allen explores the power of outcome thinking in front of a live audience. This talk will reveal just how much the thoughts we hold in our head have the potential to affect the types and qualities of action we take. From athletic performance to prepping for that next big meeting, what we think about *while* we act can affect *how* we act.

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