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Mar 19, 2008

A Project a Day Keeps David Allen at Bay

GTD’s Weekly Review is all well and good in theory, but in practice I run out of steam doing high-order planning and brainstorming after 30 15 minutes. I mean it; I need to take a nap. And I’ve got tasks for 19! projects in my handy Toodledo account right now. (And I’m not even that […]

Jan 2, 2008

A One Bucket System: The Ultimate Productivity Heresy

First of all, a very Happy New Year to all of you LifeClever readers. I’ve been a pretty faithful GTD adherent for several years now. Barring project lists, which have never seemed worth the effort to maintain, I’ve stuck to David Allen’s guidelines no matter what combination of calendar, task list, and capture system I […]

Dec 13, 2007

How to Achieve Laser Focus and Sustained Flow

Productivity bloggers place a lot of emphasis on granularity. According to accepted wisdom, if a task squats on your list for a while, you probably haven’t sliced and diced it enough. Solution: Start carving until you’re left with a “next action” that you can effortlessly knock off in 10 minutes flat. But some tasks simply […]

Apr 20, 2007

Yay! An official OmniFocus sneak peek

OmniFocus screenshot

Hungry for a killer GTD app? Check out the first official screenshot and feature list for OmniFocus, the much-anticipated GTD app from The Omni Group.

Check it out:

Mar 26, 2007

4 productivity secrets from the other Getting Things Done book

<img src=’http://www.lifeclever.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/gtd_1976.jpg’ alt=’Edward Bliss’s Getting Things Done’ class=”large” />David Allen’s Getting Things Done is a phenomenal hit. But before it spawned a new productivity cult, another book with the same title also tried to banish the i’ll-do-it-later bug plaguing us. Published in 1976, Edwin Bliss’s Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management didn’t make […]

Mar 22, 2007

Behance: Create a more productive office with Action Areas

Devotees and dabblers of GTD know a bit about action lists. But what about physical action areas? Behance, maker of productivity pr0n gear, tried it out. All it took was a little bit of tape: One frigid November day, the Behance Team tried a bit of an experiment. We designated two areas of our loft-space […]

Mar 19, 2007

Roundup: 17 interviews with GTD master, David Allen

Do you go to sleep with a copy of Getting Things Done on your pillow? Does the sound of David Allen’s voice soothe your geek soul? If so, here’s the ultimate list of David Allen interviews to feed your obsession: Audio 1. Productivity Talk: 43 Folders meets David Allen Merlin Mann: “This was a lot […]

Mar 16, 2007

How to always remember GTD

While browsing Flickr for apolitical images of puppy dogs, sunsets, and flowers, I found this little gem: It’s Stefanos Karagos’s nicely-designed diagram of the classic GTD workflow, now conveniently in a desktop wallpaper. Available in seven sizes, it’s formatted to fit most screen resolutions. The next time you’re daydreaming about piling instead of filing–or putting […]

Feb 23, 2007

A very merry Merlin Monday

Everyone’s favorite GTD guru, Merlin Mann, is launching a new video podcast series called, The Merlin Show. It premieres this Monday, February 26th, with the teaser description, “Thirty theoretically productive frames per second.” No more details yet from Merlin, but I presume it’ll be about GTD goodness and productivity. You go, Merlin! Watch and subscribe […]

Jan 15, 2007

Where to find office supplies for 11×17 tabloid paper

For designers, size matters. And that size is the 11×17 paper format. Tabloid size paper is vital for printing large design comps, diagrams, and charts, but it’s a pain to file and organize. In a quest to organize the piles of tabloid size papers at work, I recently stumbled upon the aptly named 11×17.com. While […]

Oct 10, 2006

Merlin Mann interviews David Allen, father of Getting Things Done

Merlin Mann has just posted the first in a series of interviews with David Allen, author of Getting Things Done. The series of conversations will focus on GTD implementation, with today’s interview tackling everyone’s worst habit: procrastination. Merlin and David discuss some of the reasons why we procrastinate, followed with insights into how we can […]

Sep 18, 2006

DonationCoder: An exclusive interview with David Allen

Mouser (J. Reichler) of DonationCoder.com just scored an exclusive interview with David Allen, author of Getting Things Done. Mouser kindly asked us to pass the word along, which we’re happy to do because it’s a rather good interview and adds to the small canon of GTD-related sound recordings (which as you know, can be hard […]

Sep 11, 2006

Where to find Getting Things Done Fast for free

Recently, Merlin Mann of 43Folders got a copy of the extremely rare audio recording, Getting Things Done Fast. According to Dr. Merlin, the eight CDs provide greater insight into how to implement GTD: I have to say it’s really, really good. Totally goes into every corner of the five phases, amounting to the kind of […]

Sep 6, 2006

The perfect bed for Getting Things Done

Itching to join the cult of productivity but can’t find the space for filing cabinets in your tiny apartment? You might want to check out the apartment Tobias Wong lived in from 1998 to 2003. Being an ever clever designer and artist, Tobias combined the spacial constraints of New York living and a desire for […]

Sep 4, 2006

No time for news? Get it at a glance on your desktop

If you’re feeling guilty for not keeping up with the news, try Newsmap. The site varies headlines by size and color depending on how much coverage a news item gets. This lets you quickly see top news items as well as biases and trends in news coverage. You can see Newsmap with a flick of […]

Aug 30, 2006

Midnight Inbox: An easy-to-understand GTD system for the Mac?

If you haven’t gotten around to implementing David Allen’s Getting Things Done, system, because of a lack of clear and easy-to-use programs, you may now be in luck. Midnight Beep has just released a public beta of Midnight Inbox, a new GTD application for the Mac. I have been using another system, Kinkless GTD, for […]