A guide to a more productive, focused and accomplished life... or how to make it through the day with a smile on your face and an empty to-do list.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone who wants to live a more productive and happier life. Anyone. You can be a student, an employee at a small or big company, a junior or senior manager, an executive... anyone who just wants to get more done.
And most of all - you don't have to know the "Getting Things Done" principles or what "GTD" (abbreviation for Getting Things Done) actually is.
If you want to get more done and be more productive - this course is for you. Period.
Before we start getting things done...
Let me introduce myself. My name is Michael Sliwinski and I was born a very disorganized person. I actually don't know if I was born like this or if I just got the bad habits... but even though I've always managed to be fairly successful in whatever I was doing, my lack of self-organization and structure was killing me and was seriously holding me back from a greater success.
I decided to approach this problem from a scientific perspective and learn to be more productive. I studied many different books, tried out many to-do lists and other various approaches to personal productivity and got so-so results... until I stumbled upon the great book by David Allen: "Getting Things Done - the art of stress free productivity".
The book changed my life forever.
David Allen's concept of Getting Things Done seemed just so easy to actually put into practice and made perfect sense... so I decided to give the system a try. It worked beautifully in my case :-)
How I started to put Getting Things Done into practice.
Programming is my hobby. My company, apivision.com, is about Internet Marketing and web development - so basically I'm spending most of my day by the computer. For this reason I decided to start coding a simple program that would help me implement the GTD (Getting Things Done) system.
Right from the start I decided this would be a web-based because there was a room for future collaboration between other members of my company and learning Getting Things Done from one another while working on various projects. I actually was thinking big from the start - it wasn't about me anymore - together with myself I wanted my company to Get Things Done.
Strange as it may seem - this course is about learning to get things done and it's not about Nozbe - my Getting Things Done web-based application. While I will refer to Nozbe a lot throughout this course - you can use the ideas from this course by mixing other applications, paper notes, 3x5 cards, etc... whatever works for you. You can get your Nozbe account at www.nozbe.com
Yes, Nozbe will play the major part in this course.
The ideas presented in this course are ideas that work for me... and I've implemented them all in Nozbe... so to show what I mean - to illustrate what I'm getting at, I will be referring to Nozbe very often. It's just easier like this. I don't believe in theory, I believe in practice. Thus I will show you how I put all of the GTD ("Getting Things Done") concepts into practice using Nozbe. You can later choose if you wish to use Nozbe to help you get things done. Whatever works for you is always a good choice.
To master your productivity - you should still read THE book.
If you put the ideas from this course into practice - you will get things done and you will be more productive than ever. Guaranteed. If you want to study your productivity even more. I strongly encourage you to read David Allen's book - “Getting Things Done - the art of stress-free productivity”. You can get your copy at Amazon or probably even in your local bookstore.
The course is divided into 3 major parts and 10 steps.
Part I - Next Action - the basics of Getting Things Done
The idea is to start improving your productivity as soon as possible, so after part I of the course you should already be getting more done and using the Getting Things Done principles in your daily practice. It's all about how to clear your head, set up your projects and decide what your “next actions” are.
Step 1. Clear your head
Step 2. Get organized with Projects
Step 3. What is the Next Action?
Part II - Organize and Process - next level of Getting Things Done mastery
More advanced steps and another productivity boost - working in contexts, gathering reference material and most of all - using the system on a daily basis. Anywhere, Anytime, Anyhow.
Step 4. Work in Contexts
Step 5. Manage your reference material
Part III - Zero problems - black belt level of Getting Things Done
You're on your way to be a master in productivity - learn to delegate, work in teams, review your system on a regular basis and improve constantly until all comes natural, until you find your flow.
Step 7. Share and Delegate - Synergize
Step 8. Review your stuff regularly