The Freelancers’ Show 073 – Book Club: Getting Things Done with David Allen


David Allen (twitter David Allen Company)
Reuven Lerner (twitter github blog)
Curtis McHale (twitter github blog)
Eric Davis (twitter github blog)
Charles Max Wood (twitter github Teach Me To Code Rails Ramp Up)

01:06 – David Allen Introduction

David Allen Company
Getting Things Done by David Allen

01:27 – GTD’s Conception

The Strategic Value of Clear Space

05:37 – Organization
08:24 – What GTD Does

Orientation Maps
Weekly Reviews
The Lost Horizon

10:58 – Getting Things Done

Writing Things Down
To-Do Lists

14:42 – Using Lists


23:17 – Outcome & Action Thinking
25:48 – The Power of NO

Being Appropriately Engaged
Who Multi-Tasks and Why? Multi-Tasking Ability, Perceived Multi-Tasking Ability, Impulsivity, and Sensation Seeking

31:12 – Managing Your Inbox
35:54 – Dealing with Overwhelm
39:40 – Implementing GTD
44:03 – What Has Changed Since GTD’s First Edition

Lifelong Mastership

46:36 – David’s System

Lotus Notes
GTD Software Setup Guides


Readkit for Mac (Curtis)
Brennan Dunn: The Definitive Guide To Project Billing (Eric)
Merlin Mann: Kick procrastination's ass: Run a dash (Eric)
GTD for org-mode (Reuven)
Plugable 10-port USB Hub (Reuven)
Dominion (Reuven)
Dominion Online (Reuven)
Omnifocus (Chuck)
Evernote (Chuck)
OpenTable (David)
Uber (David)
Flipboard (David)
The Week (David)
The Atlantic (David)
Paper | FiftyThree (David)
Adonit (David)
Scrivener (David)
23andMe (David)

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CHUCK: Hey everybody and welcome to Episode 73 of The Freelancers' Show! This week on our panel, we have Reuven Lerner.

REUVEN: Hello there!

CHUCK: Curtis McHale.

CURTIS: Good day!

CHUCK: Eric Davis.


CHUCK: I'm Charles Max Wood from This week we have a special guest and that is, David Allen!

DAVID: Hi folks!

CHUCK: Since you're new to the show, do you want to introduce yourself really quickly?

DAVID: I guess so! Sure! I'm David Allen, I'm the inventor/engineer of GTD Getting Things Done, wrote the book, do all kinds of stuff around the world, coaching, training, teaching, helping people clear their head and get more space to do meaningful things!

CHUCK: And that's what the book's all about, which is pretty awesome! I have to ask, how do you come up with a system like this?

DAVID: It was a string of 30 years of epiphanettes; there was no big wake up in the morning, "Tah-dah!" suddenly, the clouds part and the chair has come down, there wasn't none of that. It was really just kind of peace meal, there were some fairly significant events. I had a mentor who taught me the next action concept and doing record on bout of your head and how powerful those things were. Being [inaudible] a tribute that, I talked about them in the book, at least briefly.

I had several people and things along the way. And then at a certain point, these things started to be kind of bigger than some of the parts. As I say,