After many years of using David Allen’s Getting Things Done method of managing life, I cannot imagine living without it. So I was delighted to find, via Gus, a 45 minute talk he gave to Google introducing GTD. In the video, Allen doesn’t talk about the details of how the system works. (For that, you’ll have to buy the book. Given its power to transform your whole approach to purposeful endeavors for the better, it’s well the few bucks.) Instead, he’s giving a broad overview of why GTD works — unlike any other system of “getting yourself organized.”
The basic lesson: The mind has identity, and if you want your mind work superbly well in your pursuit of values, then you’d better develop a system of managing information, goals, and actions that respects its capacities and limitations. That system is GTD.