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David Allen - Getting Things Done


David Allen talks about having 35 jobs by the time he was aged 35. What could appear as an erratic career path has seen him work as a performing magician, travel agent and even vitamin salesman. It was in the 80s, though, that David developed his model for increasing productivity and efficiency, one that can be applied on personal and corporate scales. Since then he’s become a leading thinker and author in the field, publishing the bestseller “Getting Things Done’ in 2001. He’s also invested and founded other businesses, such as Auctioneer and the David Allen Company. It’s the David Allen Company that present seminars across the world on productivity and time management. Aside from being an internationally known management consultant and bestselling writer, David Allen has a keen interest in transcendental meditation and the importance of spiritual practices. In the flurry that is the modern business world, David Allen’s methods have never been more popular or relevant. For those that struggle to bring order to their day or simply find it difficult to get things done, this episode is packed with essential wisdom. We know this week’s show will be worth the listen again and again.


00:00 | Trailer
01:04 Brian’s thoughts on the episode
04:14 Brian’s introduction
04:57 David loves global London
05:39 Reasons for moving from America to Amsterdam
11:28 Having a clear space within with nothing on the mind, gives freedom
16:12 Being appropriately engaged with your life so you can be fully present
17:03 Make action decisions when you’re smart so that when you’re dumb you do smart things
19:08 Don’t lose a valuable idea, park it in the right place
20:28 Goal setting, is it running you, or are you managing it
23:33 Decision making using the expansion or contraction theory
25:36 What he blames Mrs Williams in the 4th grade for
27:53 Understanding the methodology gives the freedom to advantageously use new technology
32:49 Ultra-connected world reinforces the need for the methodology
34:10 The art of stress free productivity is a Marshall Art
37:24 The to do list, capturing, clarifying and organising it
39:15 Procrastinators are the most sensitive, intelligent and creative people
40:45 Time is not the issue
43:30 Choosing to create or falling into the reactive email trap
43:55 Freedom to be spontaneous comes from creating a to do list
45:54 Stop, just stop
Temptations of modern technology
48:10 David visualises Twitter as a cocktail party
49:00 Advice to 21 year old just starting to find his place in the world
49:54 Using accountability coaches
50:42 Technique for capturing a task when not possible or proper to use a captive device
52:16 Success secrets
53:41 A crisis that produced a calm that was rare to find because it demanded it
55:26 gtd franchising
58:21 What type of people take to gtd and why
59:56 The value of in person instruction
1:01:24 David’s Marshall Arts history
1:02:53 A real interest in Japanese aesthetics and culture
1:03:30 Phone call to the 20 year old David Allen
1:04:34 Best advice ever received
1:05:34 Advice to the 20 year old who is fascinated by some of these concepts
1:06:25 Brian’s summing up.


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