GTD Essentials


It all starts with the book: “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. He has recently published a new edition. (Affiliate links: I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you click through and make a purchase with an affiliate link. Thank you for your support!)

GTD has been described as a “multi-dimensional todo list”


Get Started:

Infographic with the 5 stages of GTD

Next Action Verbs

Weekly Review: Trigger List from Pauwerfully Organized and checklist from


Workflow Charts:


Scott Moehring created an excellent GTD advanced workflow chart (see above, initially discovered at DIYPlanner) The tips at the bottom are especially neat, don’t miss them.



Zen Habits Massive GTD Resource List

mini system

Me and GTD, The portable gtd mini system, GTD made visual, What does GTD look like?


I write about goal setting, time management, and other skills for personal development, happiness, and a productive life. My fascination with phonics and the pursuit of literacy is shared at I enjoy reading books and watching movies based on the screen and page method.

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12 comments on “GTD Essentials
  1. Dan says:

    For implementing GTD you might try out this new web-based application:


    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use
    checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A mobile version is available too.

    As with the last update, now Gtdagenda has due date for tasks (you’ll see in the calendar on the right if you have tasks due today), task notes, and Email & Print support.

    Hope you like it.

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