How to Get Started?

GTD is not something that can be written out in one article. It is a complete way of working that is flexible enough for you to integrate paper and digital processes and technology.

Some basic steps to getting started:

Decide how - what is your best way of learning?

There is so much information out there on GTD – Reading /Video/ Live Seminar/ Audio?

What would work for you at this time in your life?
What time would you have available for learning and when?

1) Read the book
Reading the book - also available on Audio (can run and listen to your favorite books) is a really good start

2) Listen to a podcast
“GTD Virtual Study Group podcasts”. One of my favorite podcasts.

3) Organize to attend a workshop
privately or suggest to your manager as something that could benefit your whole team (win-win)

4) Use a productivity coach that works with GTD

Schedule a time to learn

Set yourself some time aside for learning the methodology - Plan this in your calendar

The way you have chosen to learn will influence where this will be in your calendar.

When I began learning GTD I used the time while walking to listen to the book and podcasts. I call this multiple positives as I was both doing sport and learning.

Track your progress

After you have chosen a way to learn and built this into your schedule, then track your progress by refecting on where you are right now and checking in periodically on how you are doing. This can be especially rewarding especially when you think you are stuck and see how you have advanced.

GTD is quite robust. People are using it in countries across the globe, however it’s something that takes patience, persistence and discipline to learn and tweek. I would love to hear how you are doing.

Samantha Amit is passionate about helping managers and teams to be at their best. She uses a combination of methods depending on the client and the business goals. She is founder of The Center for Development and Leadership, working closely with managers and teams in international organizations. Each organization like each individual within is unique so the systems and ways of working with the organizations and management are vast, robust and creative.