Smart Skills Trading Cards: Productivity

GREAT Skills are Smart!

This Trading Card Set features information on Productivity, and includes:

  • David Allen, author of “Getting Things Done” (the system)
  • Stephen R Covey, author of “First Things First” and “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” (the focus)
  • Tony Schwartz, author of “The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working.” (the routine)
  • Kerry Gleason, author of “The Personal Efficiency Program.” (the plan)
  • Vishen Lakhiani, author of “The Code of the Extraordinary Mind.” (the goal)

Each of the GREAT Skills Trading Card sets cover skills you might not have learned in school (and probably wish you had). Download this set at to learn about each skill.

There are four important elements of productivity: The System, The Routine, The Focus, and The Plan. The first four authors each contribute to understanding the four elements, and Vishen Lakhiani provides an understanding of End vs Means goals.

For more information about productivity, check out Time Management 101, and learn with the study of productivity, videos and courses. You might also like to see my favorite books about productivity, the Daily PlanIt Productivity Pinterest board, and The Keep It Super Simple System.

Learn About Productivity

Productivity is a key skill that employers look for, but that is not often taught. Here are some resources to learn about productivity.


Two great very short videos from Epipheo to get started.

In just under 10 minutes, the Penguin Prof condenses Randy Pausch’s longer lecture below that is aimed at college students but has helpful information for everyone.

Randy Pausch’s Lecture on Time Management is almost an hour and a half, time well spent.

TED Talks

David Allen TED Talk Art of Stress Free Productivity (Author of Getting Things Done)

Tony Schwartz TED Talk The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working

Scott Belsky’s TED Talk on Making Ideas Happen

Brian Tracy on the art and science of time management (8.41)

A video series from Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe, an app with a monthly fee after 30 days.

Brendan Burchard, author of “The Charge.” outlines how to use his one page productivity planner available at

A few more to check out at Daily PlanIt Productivity Youtube Playlist.

Learn more:


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

Trigger List from Pauwerfully Organized (pdf)


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?