Think there aren't enough hours in a
day? Then you haven't met the devotees of GTD.
Marc Orchant had tried just about everything in his quest to keep
pace with life's demands. His garage was filled with old Franklin
planners and day timers. A self-described "gadget freak" and early
tech adopter, he had explored various kinds of software for
mind-mapping, brainstorming, and otherwise jamming 48 hours into
24. "I was constantly trying to find a way to stay on top of all
the stuff in my life," says Orchant.
Nothing really satisfied him until early 2001, when he went to work
for a software developer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was given
two things on his first day: a key to get in the front door and a
copy of Getting Things Done, a book written by consultant and
executive coach David Allen. The company's president had attended
an Allen seminar and had come away "completely captivated by how
natural, logical, and consistent the methodology was," Orchant
Subtitled The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, Allen's book opens
with a clarion call to the frazzled, keyed-up masses across the
business spectrum: "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 relaxed sense of control," Allen writes.
GTD, as it is called by its devotees, offers "a coherent set of
behaviors and tools that function effectively at the level at which
work really happens," a system that will "maintain control over
hundreds of new inputs daily."
Workers of the world, meet GTD.
At the time, Orchant didn't know that Allen's tome would radically
change his life or that he would be part of a fast-growing army of
GTDers who credit Allen for increasing their work output, bringing
them success in work and life, and unleashing energy and creativity
that they never knew before.