34 – David Allen, The Greatest Productivity Expert on the Planet

David Allen is a Best-Selling Author and Productivity Expert
David Allen (Image courtesy of Productive! Magazine)

“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”
― David Allen

As this podcast expands from productivity in fitness to productivity in fitness, lifestyle and business, David Allen is the ideal guest to help launch this new wave of extremely helpful content to help make you more productive in all aspects of your life and help you fulfil your personal destiny.

One of the world’s most influential thinkers on productivity, David Allen’s (@gtdguy & Instagram – dallen45) 30 years experience as a management consultant and executive coach have earned him the titles of “personal productivity guru” by Fast Company and one of America’s top 5 executive coaches by Forbes Magazine. His bestselling book, the groundbreaking “Getting Things Done”, and his company, The David Allen Company, are dedicated to teaching corporations and individuals how to stay relaxed and productive in our fast paced world. The American Management Association ranked him in the top ten business leaders in 2014.

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In this interview you will learn:

  • Why setting goals might not always be the most effective strategy.
  • How to prioritise actions towards a specific goal.
  • The physical and soft tools that David uses to be more productive.
  • How to securely store sensitive data.
  • How to capture ideas and turn them into reality.
  • Much, much more.

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Show Notes

  • What are the GTD principles? [3:40]
  • How productive are most people generally speaking? [6:10]
  • When is it appropriate to set goals? [7:20]
  • Why do so many people (me included) start with a goal in mind and achieve something different? [9:25]
  • How does David prioritise tasks towards a specific goal? [11:25]
  • How did David develop the GTD methodology? [13:55]
  • How much resistance does GTD get from people? [17:00]
  • What software tools does David use to be more productive? [18:12]
  • How I got David on the show [20:15]
  • What type of people have the most success with GTD? [22:14]
  • What well-known people are using GTD? [25:23]
  • What other software tools does David rely on? [26:15]
  • How does David store/remember very sensitive data? [34:10]
  • How much does an untidy environment negatively impact productivity? [36:12]
  • The importance of separating the act of storing ideas from making sense of those ideas [38:50]
  • Why do people come up with amazing ideas in the shower? [40:54]
  • David’s lifestyle productivity tips [45:35]
  • How does David structure or prioritise his life? [47:12]
  • How to take control of email [50:25]
  • The importance of defining one’s horizons/values [53:40]
  • David’s email management system [58:40]
  • David’s current progress towards his business goals [59:49]
  • Why David doesn’t currently read many books [1:01:20]
  • In terms of productivity, what has David changed his mind about in the last year? [1:05:35]
  • Is mono-tasking proven to be more effective than multi-tasking? [1:07:00]
  • What physical tools does David use to be more productive? [1:08:35]
  • Have any books on productivity informed GTD? [1:10:15]
  • David’s top 3 business books [1:13:20]
  • How does David select the information he consumes? [1:14:50]
  • How many projects does David manage at any one time? [1:15:50]
  • David’s top tip for productivity [1:19:05]


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