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Getting Things Done Workbook Study Group

The first cohort of the Getting Things Done Workbook Study Group is full and registration is now closed. We may open up for a second cohort in the future; feel free to join Personal Productivity Club to stay tuned!

David Allen and Dr. Brandon Hall published, The Getting Things Done Workbook: 10 Moves to Stress-Free Productivity, to help new and veteran GTD practitioners in their own work and life management systems. This Getting Things Done® Workbook Study Group is a working study group designed to cover the material in each of the 10 steps (and hopefully keep you accountable to accomplishing those 10 moves) from week to week throughout the study group’s term (first cohort: January 3rd to March 21st). Let’s get started (or renew our productive practices) with GTD together!

What Is the Getting Things Done® Workbook Study Group?

I designed this program with the idea that if David Allen and Dr. Brandon Hall thinks that you will get started with or improve your Getting Things Done (GTD) practice faster with The Getting Things Done Workbook, then we’ll do even better with some guidance and accountability.

The registration fee to join is 50 USD. For our first cohort, we’re trying an experiment to give you half the registration back if you complete the Course satisfactorily. (There is a point system and if you do what the syllabus asks, then at the end of the 12 weeks we’ll refund you half the registration fee! We’re hoping the incentive is enough to get as many participants through setting up your GTD practice.)

Basic Details Summary

  • Length: 12 weeks (January 3 – March 21, 2022)
  • Dates/Times: Mondays at 17:00 (5:00 PM) EST/EDT (About 45-60 minutes per session. Video replays will be available for those who can’t attend live.)
  • Investment: 50 USD (with option to get half returned if you complete the Course satisfactorily)
  • Where: Register here

What You’ll Get From the Getting Things Done® Workbook Study Group

As a participants within the Getting Things Done® Workbook Study Group, you can expect to be challenged, and take away lots of new knowledge and wisdom from the group. You can also expect to…

  • Access exclusive, live sessions, designed specifically for this study group.
  • Meet likeminded GTDers who are also interested in deepening their learning about implementing GTD.
  • Build a more well-informed GTD practice with all of your new GTD knowledge.

What I Expect From You

As with any learning Program, you’ll learn more if you stay engaged with the material and actively participate in the community. Here are a few things that you can contribute to our study group, and get the most bang for your buck:

  • Be active in the community. One of the best parts about the Getting Things Done® Workbook Study Group is that it’s part of this community inside Personal Productivity Club. Share your thoughts and ideas, and let us know what you’re learning as you work through the moves from week to week. 
  • Engage with your GTDers. We’re all in this together, and we’ll learn a whole lot more (AND have more success implementing GTD skills and practices) if we help each other out. 
  • Ask and answer questions. Are you feeling stuck or confused? You’re not alone. We all do at times. We’re here for you. Share your quandaries, and we’ll help you work through them. 
  • Get your own copy of The Getting Things Done Workbook. You will need to purchase a copy of the workbook so you can follow along with the materials and exercises. Optional: it may be helpful to have copies of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life by David Allen.
  • Attend the live sessions as you’re able to. We will record these sessions and make the replays available here inside the study group. (If you do miss a live session, in order to get credit for the week you must watch and comment with answers to all questions in the live session.)

The Getting Things Done® Workbook Study Group is part of the larger community of Personal Productivity Club. 

We’ve prepared for you to have some awesome breakthroughs in your GTD practice, and we’re so excited for you to get started. Happy GTDing! 

In order to register and join the Getting Things Done® Workbook Study Group, you will need to create a free account on Personal Productivity Club before being taken to the Course registration page. The Register button above will take you through the entire process.

Note: GTD® and Getting Things Done® are registered trademarks of the David Allen Company. Ray Sidney-Smith, this Course/Program, nor Personal Productivity Club, is not affiliated with or officially endorsed by the David Allen Company.

Program Syllabus

Week 0 | GTD Basics, Assessment & Commitment

Our first session will be an overview of the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology, and then we’ll do an assessment of your current GTD skills. We’ll also cover the program, review the 10 moves, and the next 11 weeks together.


Week / Move 1 | Capture All Your Incoming Paper into One In-tray

Learning and practicing the consistent, centralized collection of the paper and digital open loops of life and work.

Week / Move 2 | Choose Your Capture Tool

Selecting the correct tools for capturing, exercising this crucial GTD skill.

Week / Move 3 | Do a Mind Sweep

“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” We move on to capture all of the stuff on our mind.

Week 4 / Move 6 | Create Your Next Actions and Other Lists

You need to have someplace to put all the things you capture once you clarify them into next actions.


Week 5 / Move 4  | Get Your In-tray to Empty

Once you fill up your in-trays and do a mind sweep (or two), you need to empty them on a regular basis to keep our systems working optimally.

Week 6 / Move 5 | Get Your Emails to Zero

Your in-tray and mind sweeps are two common tools for capture, but your email inboxes likely get many new inputs every week. Let’s learn how to get your email inboxes to zero, consistently and for actionability.


Week / Move 7 | Keep Track of Your Projects on One List

Up a horizon from your next actions are your projects, and we’ll learn where and how to organize our personal and professional projects to track them effectively. 

Week / Move 8 | Create Folders to Stay Organized

Now we move on to organizing our reference materials by folders that work, for you.

Reflect & Engage

Week / Move 9 | Do a GTD Weekly Review

The GTD Weekly Review is the glue that binds together your total life management systems. We’ll learn how to get it done, thoroughly and consistently, to make each week productive.

Week / Move 10 | Conduct a Daily Review

Your GTD Weekly Review prepares you for the week, and this week we’ll move onto engaging in your tactical, day-to-day demands.

Week 11 | Reflections on Your GTD WSG Experience

Do you still have questions? Do you have moments of the GTD Workbook Study Group experience you’d like to share? Could we have done something in a different order, better? Join us for the closing celebration and reflection on the program.

Do you still have questions? Ask Ray.