GTD: Intro

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I’m going to start a category on productivity called GTD (which stands for Getting Things Done). While this may seem a stretch for a blog about music and the music business, the ultimate goal of this blog is to help people more effectively get their music out there. I’m hopeful that some commentary on efficiency might aid people in achieving this goal.

The reality is that I don’t know anyone who doesn’t feel that they have too much to do, and too little time. Additionally, more is required of us than ever before. Therefore, efficiency is a big concern; how can you work smarter while you’re working harder?

While few of the things that I address may appear directly related to music, I believe that any time you can increase your over-all efficiency, it will free your mind to be more creative, and – thus – more musically creative. Of course, the intended consequence is that in addition to being more creative, your new efficiency will hopefully also lead to better strategy (or, at least, implementation of strategy), and thus lead to more people hearing your new creatively super-charged music.

So…without further ado, the substance of the inaugural post in the GTD category.

All of this GTD stuff seems to have recently been codified by David Allen in his book entitled (wait for it) Getting Things Done.

The book really started getting momentum once coders and web designers saw the powerful affect it could have on their work efficiency. This is because, imho, these people’s job require the management of countless tiny details that all have to come together for a project to be completed.

While this is certainly true of many vocations (musician, entrepreneur anyone??), coders and others with lots of projects with lots of details all being worked on at the same time, simply must put a system together that helps them operate efficiently.

The good news about coders jumping on the GTD bandwagon is that it has led to a preponderance of sites and web apps that strive to help others reach the state of productivity Zen.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • Merlin Mann’s 43Folders
  • Kinkless GTD: A free program for putting your GTD system to work on your computer.
  • Lifehacker: Not strictly GTD, but lots of good tips.
  • GTD Drawings: A site dedicated to visualizing your GTD workflow.
  • There are certainly others, but the above (combined w/ David Allen’s book), should give you a good overview of what the system is all about.

    Additionally, I’ve created a PDF document of a set of Keynote slides that I use when I’m lecturing on this topic:

    Download it if you like.

    Please, please know that none of the above are substitutes for reading David Allen’s book. You should buy it.

    If you’re interested in watching me discuss the relationship between GTD and music, you can see a video review on Allen’s book that I did for the Artists House Music site, for which I’m an editor and contributor.


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