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VIDEO: At Home With Productivity Expert David Allen

Come hang out with us (and a very cute dog) chez David Allen and hear more about how he wrote his game-changing productivity book, Getting Things Done.
by Carrie M. King | Jul 24 2017

Earlier this July, author of Getting Things Done, David Allen, invited Simplify co-host Caitlin Schiller to his Amsterdam home to chat about what productivity really looks like, and how getting on top of your workload could be a lot simpler than you think. You can listen to their entire conversation here.

Since GTD was first published in 2001, the straightforward work-life management method has become a global phenomenon, with workshops now running around the world. And the secret of its success is simple — it works! Many of the gang here at Blinkist use his methodologies to, not only work better and faster, but to make sure we’re prioritizing the right things.

In this video, you’ll meet the author (and his very cute spaniel, Sookie) and hear him talk about what drove him to share his “bulletproof” productivity methodology with the world. At age 35, Allen realized that in order to do fulfilling work, he needed to have as much “clear space” in his mind as possible. Meditation and martial arts provided him with that mental clarity, and he wanted to expand it into other areas of his life, and to help others do the same.

For many of us, finding that clear space is hard. Our minds are noisy, busy places full of thoughts, worries, appointments, and endless to-do lists. How can you possible clear the space that you need to think about what’s most important to you? That’s what GTD is all about. As Allen says himself, “your mind is a thinking tool, not a storage device.”

Listen to the podcast to hear more about how you can give yourself that clear space, and keep an eye on our social media channels for more videos from David Allen’s house. At Blinkist, we’re very excited about sharing the key ideas that can help to make your life (and ours) better. We strongly believe that everyone benefits from access to ideas that the world’s best and brightest have taken the time to write down. If you want to learn more, why not sign up to Blinkist now?

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