Thursday, December 10, 2009

GTD on the iPhone or iPod Touch

Think you can't do GTD on an iPhone or iPod Touch? Think again! In this episode, you'll hear about how to be productive on your iPhone or iPod Touch device as well as get recommendations on numerous "must-have" apps. Enjoy!
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A few important notes:
• There will be no call on Thurs, Dec 24. Merry Christmas!
• Our next call will be Jan 14 when we'll be joined by special guest, Leo Babauta, author of the popular blog and Zen to Done.
• Save the Date! the VSG will meet live and in person in San Diego, California on Saturday, Feb 6. Stay tuned for lots more details to come!=

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Tackling Immunity to Change

Drawing from two terrific books (Immunity to Change and How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work), host Tara Rodden Robinson introduces a way to take on significant change in your life. The idea is to uncover your "big assumption"--the obstacle that's getting in the way of your improvement goal--and dismantle it to free you to experience the change you want to see. Download the podcast here.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Getting your reference material under control with Evernote

Snowed under with links, ideas, blogs, and lists? To give us a hand, Ellen Valentine generously offered to share she uses Evernote to get things done and stay organized. In this episode, you'll learn how she keeps all sorts of diverse materials at hand and under control. Download the podcast here.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Special Guest: Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe

In this episode, you can hear a live demo of the astonishingly powerful productivity tool, Nozbe. Michael Sliwinski gives us a test drive, answers questions, and even gives us a special goodie at the end of the call. Want to see some screenshots of Michael's presentation (or any other episode)? Enter your email address in the form on the upper right and you're all set. Download the podcast here.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

GTD & Six Sigma

How do we set goals, reach higher, and make progress? In this episode, we talked about how to tackle continuous improvement and got some insight from SixSigma blackbelt, JC Mehner.
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Reconciling conflicts between short- and long-term goals

How do you resolve a short-term hardship when going for a long-term goal? And what if you're not sure you'll succeed, even if you put forth your best for a long time? In this episode, the Virtual Study Group tackles the complex topics of plateaus, mastery, and more.
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Friday, September 4, 2009

GTD Virtual Study Group Turns Two!

We're turning two! The Virtual Study Group celebrates its second anniversary with a lively discussion about what makes the group work, our favorite past episodes, and lots of ideas and topics to consider for the coming year. Help yourself to a big slice of the virtual birthday cake and join the fun! Download the podcast here.

Monday, August 17, 2009

TheBrain (how to use PersonalBrain to get organized and get more done)

One of the key aspects of GTD is getting things out of your head. In this episode, you can learn more about how to use TheBrain's amazing prowess to do just that. Our guests were Harlan Hugh (CEO and Brain inventor) and Shelley Hayduk ( blogger). You can hear how to use tags to create contexts, thought types to categorize, link out to other files, and much more.
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Access the webinar here

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

No podcast this week

Due to my mom's recent hospitalization, I am unable to host tomorrow's call. There will be no podcast this week. :(

Our next podcast will be recorded on Thursday, Aug 13 when we'll have Shelley Hayduk from The Brain as our presenter and guest.

Best wishes,

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mindmapping revisited

By request, we revisit mindmapping this week. In this episode, hear host & facilitator Tara Rodden Robinson give a guided tour to how she uses mindmaps to organize projects, brainstorm, stay on track, and much more.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Special Guest: Ken Case of OmniGroup

In this episode, hear special  guest, Ken Case, CEO of OmniGroup the makers of OmniFocus. (You can  learn more about Ken here: <>) Ken introduced us to all the features of OmniFocus and answered burning questions from our listeners. Download the podcast here

Monday, June 22, 2009

Older podcasts back up!

All the files have now be reloaded on to the feed. If all went well, you should be able to get all the older podcasts. If you experience trouble, please leave a comment to let me know and I'll get on it.

Thanks! and happy listening!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Someday/Maybe & Never Again

In this episode, you can hear how we use someday/maybe to manage aspirations and goals. Get insights into the nature of "not-doing" from Augusto, as well as harness GTD to learn from your mistakes.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Perspective and Control

David Allen calls it "captain and commander," a state of perspective and control nirvana that allows you to have mind like water. But how do you get there? In this episode, we talk about capture, weekly review, and the other GTD skills that are needed to get you in the upper-right quadrant. We also had a surprise special guest, Renzo Borgatti, who gave us the low-down on the Pomodoro Technique as a means of gaining greater control over distraction and increasing focus. Download the podcast here.

Lots of links were mentioned:
The Pomodoro Technique (with links to the eBook, cheat sheet, and much more here)
Renzo's Mac only Pomodoro timer
Another handy Mac only timer (that ticks)

Older episodes, another update

Here's the latest: I was hosting the older files on Switchpod. All the newer files are on my LibSyn account. Switchpod, as best I can determine, was purchased by LibSyn. LibSyn migrated paid accounts over but my account was a free one and was simply discontinued. I wrote to LibSyn and they kindly migrated all my files over this morning. Yay, LibSyn--you guys rock!!!

Now, all that's left is to go through and update the file locations behind the links and it's all done. I'll keep ya posted!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Missing episodes

Several users reported that older episodes had gone missing. As it turns out, the old hosting service went bust without warning. Fortunately, I have most of the episodes backed up. It may take me a while to get them uploaded but I'll get to work on it ASAP. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The rematch: overload and overwhelm smackdown II

Once wasn't enough! In this episode, we take on overload and overwhelm in a smackdown rematch. New perspectives on how overload can focus your efforts, dealing with crises, and keeping up when sheep happen (you gotta listen to get the joke). A dynamite conversation! Download the podcast here.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Overload versus Overwhelm Smackdown

Drinking from the firehose? In this episode, the GTD Virtual Study Group takes on overwhelm versus overload in a GTD smackdown. Want to know how we cope with everything that we have coming at us? Listen in and find out. Download the podcast here.

A couple of notes:
  • The episode on social networking recorded on March 26 was lost to the technology gremlins. Both GarageBand and the backup recordings failed.
  • The next meeting of the VSG will be May 14. There is NO meeting on April 23. Thanks.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Using GTD to Stay in Touch

Welcome to another great episode of the GTD Virtual Study Group! In today's discussion, you can hear how GTD has helped us stay in touch with our networks. Dan Stratton shares how maintaining your network may help you if you get laid off (timely advice!). We talked about what it takes to stay in touch and gave some thought to social media. Download the podcast here.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Going Beyond GTD with MindManager

Welcome to another great episode of the GTD Virtual Study Group. In this episode, you'll hear Michael Deutch whose entire job consists of doing fun things with mindmapping. Michael is Mindjet's chief evangelist and is an avid GTD-er. He talked to us about how to enhance brainstorming, organizing projects, getting to higher horizons of focus and much more. Download the podcast here.

Michael mentioned several links in the course of the conversation. These include:
There was a powerpoint presentation supporting this episode. If you'd like a copy, email Tara here.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Using Outlook's inbox to manage tasks

In this episode, you can learn how presenter Jim McCullen manages tasks as well as email using Outlook's inbox. If you'd like to have a copy of the accompanying PowerPoint, please request it via email by clicking here. Download the podcast here.

Our next meeting will include a presentation by Mindjet evangelist, Michael Deutch. Check out his blog while you're waiting.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Making It All Work: the review

David Allen's new book, Making It All Work, hit the stores in late December. In this episode, the group shares their thoughts on the book and what new insights they've gleaned from this latest addition to the GTD bookshelf. Download the podcast here.

Our next meeting will be on Feb 12 when we'll talk about using Outlook to manage tasks. If you want to be on the live call and/or join our Google group, shoot me an email by clicking on Contact: Email here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Welcoming in 2009 with GTD

Looking forward to creating a great 2009? In this episode, you can learn how we celebrated our accomplishments of the past year and look forward to great things in the future. We talked about tools and tips and GTD ah-hahs that we'll use to make it all happen. Download the podcast here.

Our next meeting will be on Jan 22 when we'll discuss David Allen's new book: Making it All Work.