What is GTD?

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them. That’s why David Allen created Getting Things Done®. GTD is the work-life management system that has helped countless individuals and organizations bring order to chaos with stress-free productivity. David Allen was recently named one of the top ten business leaders of 2014 by the American Management Association.

After decades of in-the-field research and practice of his productivity methods, David wrote the international best-seller Getting Things Done. Published in over 28 languages, TIME magazine heralded it as “the defining self-help business book of its time.”

GTD enables greater performance, capacity, and innovation. It alleviates the feeling of overwhelm—instilling focus, clarity, and confidence.

What are the key ideas?

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  • It’s possible for a person to have an overwhelming number of things to do and still function productively with a clear head and a positive sense of relaxed control- what the martial artists call a “mind like water.” 

  • This “mind like water” state is inhibited by inappropriately managed commitments, which are a constant source of unproductive worry and distraction. 

  • The mind is very ineffective at managing commitments, forgetting many of them until its too late and reminding us to do others at times when we can’t do anything about them. 

  • Instead, commitments must be captured in a trusted system outside your mind, a collection bucket that you’ll come back to regularly and sort through. 

  • GTD is that "trusted system" and by following the 5 steps, a person is able to apply order to chaos.


If I represent GTD what would I be able to offer clients?

The Mastering Workflow Series which consists of 3 different courses or levels:

  1. Fundamentals: Critical principles and techniques for gaining and staying in control, day-to-day.
  2. Projects & Priorities: Key elements for defining and managing one’s complete inventory of multi-step outcomes within an integrated system, providing control and appropriate focus, week to week. 

  3. Focus & Direction: A dynamic model for clarifying and aligning commitments, values, and interests at all levels, joining vision with action and execution, providing lifetime keys for staying positively oriented and engaged, no matter what.

Key features of the series:

  • It is sequential, building on the material of the previous session. Though each course is complete and self-contained within its own scope, together they combine to deliver a total mastery path for self-management. 

  • Each course can be delivered in one-day or two half-day formats.

  • Each course has a set of optional follow-on implementation and reinforcement workshops, which can be delivered in person or via webinar.

  • The rigorous certification criteria for Master Trainers and Trainers in each course ensure consistent top quality delivery of the material.

  • Each component in the series is easily piloted and expandable.

  • Supports all other organizational strategies and initiatives, using real work in real time for implementing the GTD processes.

For a more detailed description of the Mastering Workflow series click on the button below:

What is the certification process for GTD?

The certification length is five full days. In addition, there is post certification training via online personal coaching & webinars. Certifications will usually take place in Los Angeles, California. Distributors need to attend the five day certification for each level of the Mastering Workflow series.


*Once a Master Trainers is fully certified they have the ability to certify trainers

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Below are a few videos that are helpful to understand the basics of GTD: