‘Getting Things Done’ (GTD) is a personal productivity system developed by David Allen and published in a book of the same name.
GTD is described as a time management system. Allen states “there is an inverse relationship between things on your mind and those things getting done”.
The GTD method rests on the idea of moving all items of interest, relevant information, issues, tasks and projects out of one’s mind by recording them externally and then breaking them into actionable work items with known time limits.
This allows one’s attention to focus on taking action on each task listed in an external record, instead of recalling them intuitively.
In this video Emelie Lindström describes the David Allen GTD method for beginners, a full summary in only 15 min, covering the five steps of the David Allen GTD system which are Capture, Clarify, Organize, Reflect and Engage.
She also goes through the most general parts of the system that you need to include to make your David Allen GTD system functional like the inbox, GTD weekly review, trigger list, waiting for list, next actions list, someday maybe list and more.