003 Getting Things Done with David Allen

July 18, 2013

Basic RGBOn today’s episode of the PM for the Masses Podcast I bring you David Allen, the best selling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

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As I mention on today’s show, Getting Things Done has changed my life.  It is truly the reason why I was able to launch this show and am able to produce it on a weekly basis, all the while having a full time job and a house full of kids.

David Allen is one of my gurus and speaking with him was one of the top moments of my career.

Listen as David and I talk productivity, his approach to project planning, and the intersection of getting things done and the spiritual realm.

David Allen

davidallenDavid Allen is the world leading expert in personal and organizational productivity.  In over 25 years he has coached the CEOs of some of the world’s most successful corporations and institutions.  Forbes has even recognized him as one of the top 5 executive coaches in the world.  Fast Company Magazine has also called David “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” in the arena of personal productivity, for his outstanding programs and writing on time and stress management, the power of aligned focus and vision, and his groundbreaking methodologies in management and executive peak performance.

David is the international bestselling author of Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity, and Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life.

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What is YOUR GTD setup?

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8 comments on “003 Getting Things Done with David Allen

  1. Brian Wallace Jul 18, 2013

    Cesar, great episode and congratulations on just getting the interview.  You mentioned that you have an app for capturing voice from your phone into evernote.  Can you share the name?
    Thanks keep up the good work .

  2. Cesar – I got nervous for you listening to the intro for this episode.  I was anticipating an unfocussed mess, but it wasn’t that at all.   You dug into areas with Mr Allen that I had not heard in the past.  While it interview may not followed the agenda you had (which I didn’t have), it was a great dialog between you and him.  A+

  3. PM4TM Jul 19, 2013

    @Brian Wallace Brian, thank you for your feedback.  The app I mentioned and use all the time is called SoundEver.  It seems like it hasn’t been updated in a while as it is not optimized for the iPhone 5.  But it works well.  Here’s the link: http://www.spinthought.com/soundever_iphone/soundever-iphone.html

  4. PM4TM Jul 19, 2013

    @stephencross Stephen, thank you for that! I’m glad that other people were able to benefit from this chat as much as I did.  Thanks for listening, your feedback means a lot to me.

  5. PMP Hacks Jul 22, 2014

    Cesar, thanks for interviewing David. GTD has made a great difference in my life. As far as apps, I use Google Calendar and Remember the Milk.

    More recently, after reading “The 4-Hour Workweek”, I have started using a paper index card to list the 2-3 most important tasks to complete each day. It is one way that I maintain my focus on the important.

  6. PM4TM Aug 2, 2014

    PMP Hacks Thanks for the comment!  Remember the Milk is a good app too, I’m glad it works well for you.

    The index card is a great idea.  I find that sometimes my level of overwhelm drives me to try a similar approach.  Instead of index cards, I have a daily simple mindmap where I brainstorm what is most important to do that day, and prioritize just 3-4 things I absolutely need to get done.  It works!