044 - Engage / Doing Getting Things Done (GTD) - ProductivityCast

044 Engage (or, Doing) (Part 2) – Getting Things Done (GTD) – ProductivityCast

This is episode six, continuing our discussion of Step Five of the Workflow Diagram / Map, Engage (Doing), in our nine-part series on the Getting Things Done (GTD) personal productivity methodology and eponymously-titled book, from the perspective of the ProductivityCast team–as long-term practitioners, critics and observers of GTD.

It makes sense that each of [the Horizons of Focus] levels should enhance and align with the ones above it. In other words, your priorities will sit in a hierarchy from the top down.

David Allen

In this cast, we finish our discussion of the concept of Engage / Engaging (formerly Do / Doing) on your system on a frequency and in methods that work for you, so that you can iterate on your productivity and make strategic next action decisions as your life and work circumstances change.

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In this Cast | Doing – Getting Things Done (GTD)

Ray Sidney-Smith

Francis Wade

Art Gelwicks

Show Notes | Doing – Getting Things Done (GTD)

Resources we mention, including links to them will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life by David Allen

Tony Schwartz – The Energy Project – ultradian rhythm


The Power of Intuition by Gary Klein, PhD

Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions by Gary Klein, PhD

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R, Covey, PhD

The 8th Habit by Stephen R. Covey, PhD

First Things First by Stephen R. Covey, PhD, Rebecca Merrill, and A. Roger Merrill

Remember the Milk



15,000 Feet: The Space Between Projects and Areas of Focus and Responsibility

Franklin Covey Mission Statement Builder

The table below is sourced from the GTD® Personal Productivity System in Google Sheets template.

Horizons of FocusContextAltitudeQuestion
GroundNext-ActionsRunwayWhat is it? What’s the desired outcome?
1Projects10,000 feet levelIs it actionable? What’s the next action? (Does it have more than one next action?)
What has to happen first?
What does doing look like?
Where does it happen?
2Areas of Responsibility20,000 feet levelWhat do I need to maintain?
3Short-Term Goals30,000 feet levelWhat do I want to achieve?
4Long-Term Goals40,000 feet levelWhat would long-term success look, sound and feel like (usually further than two years)?

If you were wildly successful in the coming years, what do you imagine or see yourself doing or being?
5Purpose/Mission50,000 feet levelWhy/How am I (are we)?

Raw Text Transcript | Doing – Getting Things Done (GTD)

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