The GTD Elevator Pitch
September 26, 2012 2 Comments
What they really want to know is “GTD for Dummies”
Many people ask me what is the gist of GTD. They want to know the Cliff Notes version of GTD before they decide if they are going to invest the time and effort in reading David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done – The Art of Stress Free Productivity” or not.
I struggle to convey the basics of GTD as I want to elaborate on all of the goodness of the system and its benefits. This forced me to really think how I would describe the basics of what GTD is in its simplest form.
Here is my GTD Elevator Pitch:
GTD consists of three basic concepts.
- Outcome-Based Thinking – Articulating in the most specific terms possible what a successful outcome looks like for any give use of your time. Another way to think about it is “How will I know when I’m done with this?” or “When will I be able to mark it done or complete?”
- What is the Next Action? – You don’t need to track everything you could conceivable do about a Project but rather you just need to know the next physical action that would get you closer to completion. Ask “What is the next action?”
- The Weekly Review – Accepting that the heart of the Trusted System that lets you move through a day with a high tolerance for ambiguity is the knowledge that eventually everything you’re doing gets looked at once a week without fail.
What is your GTD Elevator Pitch?