Have You Outgrown Tips and Tricks?

Leave them for beginners and craft personal solutions in an efficient way, in just three days. For free.

As a productivity enthusiast, you yearn to find advice that just doesn’t just fall into the usual bucket of bromides, memes and truisms. You want to continue making solid progress and find personal growth, but most of the advice that’s floating around is aimed at beginners. You’ve either heard it before, or can’t use it.

Here’s a possible solution. From March 3–5, 2022 over 30 of the world’s best thinkers will be gathering at the third annual Task Management & Time Blocking Virtual Summit to share their ideas for new habits and innovative apps. And you’re invited to participate.

Their goal? To help set the agenda for the next 12 months of growth and development by the event’s participants. To make this happen, there will be free registration, plus 24-hour a day access to pre-recorded videos and lots of informal chances to interact with all attendees.

These supplement the live panel discussions, Q&A’s and interviews which give you and other summitteers a chance to quiz the experts in an efficient, online format. Plus, there will be a GTD Track for the first time to help recognize the contribution of David Allen’s seminal book, Getting Things Done. Published twenty years ago, it remains the cornerstone set of ideas most people consider first.

If you can’t make it to the summit, or know that you’ll miss some of it, we’re offering you the purchase of an All Access Pass. It gives you the convenience of replaying, rewinding and rewatching the event at your own leisure. This also means that you’ll be able to attend preferred sessions of the event without the stress of trying to see everything.

How does this help? As an opportunity to consume advanced ideas, much of what you hear is likely to be nuanced…so it deserves a careful look.

Registration is now open! Find out more here.

Francis Wade

Host / www.timeblockingsummit.info

Have You Outgrown Tips and Tricks? was originally published in 2Time Labs on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Webinar: 3 Hidden Secrets to Using Contexts and Tags for Tasks in 2021

Are you using the best contexts or tags for your tasks? Or none at all?

If you read the 2001 version of Getting Things Done by David Allen, you may know that 20 years later, in an era of new technology and working from home, the original contexts must be updated and customized.

Perhaps you already use (or tried to use) your own contexts or tags, wishing that there were more clear directions. It’s hard to figure out the best way; some have even argued they are unnecessary, but is that true? Finding the right way for you is an effort in frustration.

In this webinar we’ll use the latest research to explore the secrets of task tagging i.e. contexts. You’ll learn why we use them all the time, mostly without knowing how. Yet, they are powerful when properly customized and applied.

Furthermore, you’ll see why you may need to update the way you tag your tasks in order to increase your productivity, not once but several times. You’ll see why this is especially true for ambitious overachievers: they don’t have a choice but to keep changing.

Save your spot: Thursday, January 28th 2021 at 6pm Eastern

Join us in this free, interactive session. Then, remain for a few more minutes to complete an exercise with other attendees at your private, virtual tables.

Finally, this webinar is based on a deep-dive article I wrote which will be launched during the event in text, audio and video formats.

We have a lot to learn from each other. See you there!


Update: The webinar replay is available free for a limited time here.


How Scheduling Everything and GTD Work Together

In this video of a speech I gave at a recent GTD-DC Meetup, I explain how an increase in time demands must lead to an approach that relies on your calendar.

As you may know, this flies in the face of David Allen’s thoughts on the matter in Getting Things Done, first edition (2001). In my talk, I worked my way to this piece of good/bad news in this examination of task management, science and GTD.

Take a look.

Article on Time Blocking

Kourosh Dini recently shared his thoughts on the concept of time blocking: On Time Blocking.

He makes a very good point – the technique is not for the beginner, for that would be like asking someone to lift heavy weights on their first visit to the gym.

That’s a great analogy!

The Controversy Between Schedulers vs Listers

My 2016 article outlined an ongoing intellectual disagreement between advocates of two very different behaviors – Listing and Scheduling. Spoiler alert: both camps represent skills that have a place in the average person’s development.

It’s a long article, but it provides an important backdrop to the work of Schedule U.

Learning to Optimize Each Day’s Plan from the Controversy Between Listers and Schedulers [ Research]