How mobile impacts productivity – with Getting Things Done author David Allen


There are times when I look down at my vibrating watch or hear that universal notification ping on our desktop or tablet and wonder if all this tech, all this mobile, has really made us more productive. I mean, I get 150 emails a day and process 10 of them to satisfaction. I get 500 text messages, 100 DMs and a bunch of notifications from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. All these notifications are telling me something, adding to my task list or just cluttering up my mind. Am I right? Are you feeling that way as well?

Like many of you who would be interested in, I went out and found my productivity methodology in David Allen’s Getting Things Done. It resonated with me like it did with millions of others and each year I get deeper into my practice of it. But I wondered what the impact of all those bells and bings and things popping up and over do to productivity. I wondered if it made sense to be always connected, always accessible and always adding to my inbox. I wondered so much that I figured I would ask the guy who has helped clear my mind for over 10 years – David Allen himself.

This episode looks at how mobile and digital technologies have impacted our ability to get things done and is full of great insight and thinking for all of us – whether we practice GTD or not. As David says in the episode, much of what we face today with the latest technologies forces us to get our lives in order, to free our mind to be creative.

It was a joy to sit with David for this time and this episode will help you understand how important having something to process all the information you gather will become more and more a competitive advantage.



Key takeaways from this episode. Click on the link and the video will take you to that clip

1. The misconception of GTD 1:50
2. Is there one piece of your own methodology that you never ignore 3:15
3. What age should GTD start? 10:50
4. What was the initial reaction to GTD when you released it? 12:40
5. What kind of changes have you heard from GTD’ers? 15:00
6. How did you end up here as GTD Guy? 20:45
7. Why SHOULD you remove notifications? 25:45
8. Have mobile tools increased productivity? 29:20
9. Has the smartphone helped us or hurt us? 32:25
10. What is the key to making mobile work for productivity? 34:00
11. The “5 Steps” of the GTD methodology 37:00
12. How has mobile changed your thinking for GTD? 39:35
13. What mobile tools are you looking at for supporting GTD’ers? 47:30


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About David Allen
David Allen GTDDavid Allen is an author, consultant, international lecturer, and Founder of the David Allen Company. He is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on personal and organizational productivity. His thirty years of pioneering research, coaching and education of some of the world’s highest-performing professionals, corporations and institutions, has earned him Forbes’ recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the United States, and as one of the “Top 100 thought leaders” by Leadership magazine. Fast Company hailed David Allen “One of the world’s most influential thinkers” in the arena of personal productivity, for his outstanding programs and writing on time and stress management, the power of aligned focus and vision, and his groundbreaking methodologies in management and executive peak performance. Time Magazine labeled his first book, Getting Things Done as “the defining self-help business book of the decade.”

David Allen is the author of three books; the international bestseller, Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity (“GTD” as the method is popularly known), Ready for Anything, and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life. Getting Things Done has been a perennial business bestseller since it’s publication in 2001, and is now published in 28 languages.

Getting Things Done has spawned an international movement of devoted adopters from executives, techies, soldiers, entrepreneurs, university professors, musicians, students and the clergy. It has given rise to a thriving “GTD” industry of web sites, blogs and software applications. Internet searches bring up tens of millions of references. David Allen is a rarity in the Twitter world, as one of the few non-celebrities with over a million followers hanging on his wit and inspiration.

About the author

Rob Woodbridge

I'm Rob, the founder of and I've spent 14 years immersed in the mobile and pervasive computing world. During this great time I've helped some of the most innovative companies grow their business through mobile. If you are in need of a mobile business advisor or coach, connect with me here to get things rolling.

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