Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Paper-based GTD

Thinking about going back to good old paper for your GTD system? In this episode, we talk about how some folks use paper to keep their lives and work running smoothly.
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This is our last podcast of 2010! Thanks again for your listenership--we are so grateful to be able to bring this podcast to you. Here's wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year!

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Strategic planning

Is strategic planning only for businesses and organizations? Maybe not! In this episode, we discuss what strategic planning is and how you can apply it to your life. Creating vision for the future, setting goals, making plans--we cover it all.
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Getting Things Done with iPad and/or iPhone

It's an iPad/iPhone extravaganza! Listen in for tons of tips, how-tos, and app reviews. Download the podcast here.

Monday, October 25, 2010

GTD on the go!

Do you travel a lot? Or does even the occasional trip scuttle your ability to get things done when you get back? Then this show's for you! Listen as the Virtual Study Group takes on GTD on the go. Download the podcast here.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

An Omnifocus Primer presented by Augusto Pinaud

Omnifocus is an incredibly powerful, Mac-based task and project management system for GTD. However, many new users find Omnifocus a little steep on the learning curve side. In this episode, you'll learn some OF basics plus some power-user tips from our long-time participant, Augusto Pinaud. Download the podcast here.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Using GTD to cope with interruption, disruption, and distraction

Interruptions and distractions seem to be epidemic these days. In this episdoe, we'll take on how to deal with the unexpected from little hiccups to big catastrophes.
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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Back to Basics: The Higher Elevations Edition

The Virtual Study Group takes on another hot topic in our Back to Basics series: setting goals. What's on those 30K and 40K lists? How do you get up the higher levels of focus then back down to get those goals achieved? A terrific conversation! Download the podcast here.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Back to Basics: Managing projects

Got projects? How do you keep up with all of your projects, keep them moving, know what your next actions are, and all the other details you need to track? In this episode of our Back to Basics series, we take on project management, GTD-style.
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Back to Basics: Contexts

The Back to Basics series continues! In this episode, we revisit contexts. What are they? How many should you have? How do you figure out which ones to use? We take on all these questions and much more. Download the podcast here.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Control Your Day: Using Outlook's email functions to manage your tasks Part II

One of our most popular episodes is the one on Jim McCullen's system for managing tasks using Outlook's email functions. Now Jim's back to give us new perspectives as well as taking questions and getting feedback from some of the folks who have used his system.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Back to Basics: Getting In to Zero

Back to basics returns with another episode on getting your GTD practice running smoothly. In this episode, we take on getting "in" to zero: email, physical inbasket, and much more. Enjoy! Download the podcast here.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Doing More Great Work with Michael Bungay Stanier

Doing More Great Work with Michael Bungay Stanier
Author Michael Bungay Stanier joins the conversation to talk about what it means to do great work--work with purpose, meaning, and joy. Excellent ideas for getting in touch with your 50K horizon of focus and making those intentions actionable. Download the podcast here.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Back to Basics (Part 1): The weekly review

We're returning to our roots with the first in a series of episodes dedicated to reviewing the basic principles and practices of GTD. First up: the weekly review. David Allen calls it "the" essential element but it's a big sticking point for many. In this episode, we discuss how you can get started, review some examples, and talk about how to avoid getting pulled off onto bunny trails. Download the podcast here.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Author Daniel Pink on Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Bestselling author Daniel Pink fit in a quick conversation with the group. In this episode, you'll learn when and why incentives fail to motivate, the role of autonomy and self-determination, and how you can use these findings to help get in gear. Download the podcast here.

The episode of This American Life we talked about can be found here.
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

When your roles and goals disagree

When you're saddled with a role that you're not enthusiastic about or having gotten assigned a big project that doesn't turn you on, how do you get through it to what you really want to do? In this episode, the Virtual Study Group takes a question from a listener and explores roles, horizons of focus, and letting go of the "shoulds" that get in the way of doing our great work. Download the episode here.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Utilizing GTD in Career Development

Stuck in a dead end job? Laid off? Maybe just want new horizons and challenges? No matter where you are in your career, this call will give you some food for thought. Ken Mattsson (;, career and professional development consultant, takes us from 50K to the runway and gives lots of helpful advice on how to create your vision, build your network, and accelerate your progress. Download the podcast here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Coping with the information tsunami

Inundated with information? Drowning under the tidal wave of newsfeeds, Twitter, Facebook, and more? In this episode, the VSG discusses the flow of information: where it comes from and what to do with it.
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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Results Manager: A demo by Nik Tipler

If you're a MindManager geek, then buckle up! You're about to get a whirlwind tour of Gyronix's awesome software. Results Manager and Gyro-Q were designed to turbocharge your mindmaps, gathering info automatically to keep you completely up to date. Nik shows us the ropes and gives us the inside skinny on this dynamite software. You can see the full webinar by clicking here. Download the podcast here.

Also the ResultsManager Fundamentals webinar Nik mentioned is here.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Getting CRM Done: using GTD to help with Customer Relationship Management

How do you juggle keeping up with customers, prospects, and other people you want to stay in contact with? In this episode, the Virtual Study Group discusses tools and software like and Outlook along with GTD principles and practices. Download to the podcast here.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A conversation with Leo Babauta

Author and Zen Habits blogger Leo Babauta joins the Virtual Study Group to talk about simplicity, mindfulness, productivity, writing, and much more. Take a listen here.
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