Managing Time, Managing Space, Getting Things Done
Tim Allen, founder of the Getting Things Done (GTD) approach to time management, says that GTD is not so much a time management system as a ‘space’ management system — and he’s referring more to ‘head space’ here than physical space. It’s about how to quiet that jabbering monkey that wakes you up at 3am with a thousand things you need to keep track of.
The GTD system encourages people to clear that mental space by putting it all down on a piece of paper and then decide on what to focus on. Then you can create the space to actually do them. OK, that’s a very simplified approach to his philosophy, but he clears up some common misconceptions in this interview with FastCompany’s Ciara Byrne.
There’s a great little video on the site too, that sums it all up quite nicely, and the interview with Allen makes for compelling reading.