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Jul 29, 2017

Becky and Diana explore concepts from David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done

In Getting Things Done, David Allen describes a 5 step process to master productivity. The steps: Capture, Clarify, Organize, Reflect, and Engage.


  • Get every idea, task, and to-do item out of your head and put it somewhere.
  • Whether you use an app, a whiteboard, a notebook, or something else, find a place you trust to store your ideas.
  • Developing this habit prevents the cognitive load of incompletions (Roy Baumeister).



  • Process the ideas.
  • Ask “Is this important to me now?”
  • Ask “Does it add value?”
  • Use the 2 minute rule. If it only takes 2 minutes to deal the item, do it immediately.



  • Where does this belong?
  • Give ideas and projects a priority.
  • What do I need get done today?



  • Review what your tasks and projects so you learn to trust your choices.
  • Schedule time for reflection.
  • Reflection creates more clarity.



  • Take the first step.
  • Don’t let worrying about the end result paralyze you and keep you from moving forward.