This is the slidedeck for a presentation on task management methodologies, with a special focus on David Allen’s excellent Getting Things Done® system, of which I am a devotee, but not an official spokesperson/trainer/whathaveyou. 1 I delivered it on 4/27/2011 at the 17th Annual Administrative Professionals Day Conference, which was held at Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC.

I was recently invited to give a similar presentation at TTC’s Information Technology Divisional Planning Day event (6/8/2011). And I have it online, too, of course.

If this sort of thing is of interest to you, grab a copy of Allen’s book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.


In the interest of fairness, I’ve made an effort to track down the images I used and give proper credit for them: 2

Slide 1, to-do list icon by Marcelo Marfil via Smashing Magazine.
Slide 2 is adapted from Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Free Press, 2004 reprint, page 151.
Slide 5, cover shot of David Allen’s Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Not sure where I got this particular one. They are ubiquitous.
Slide 7, no clue.
Slide 14, icon from the great iOS game Paper Toss by Backflip Studios.
Slide 16, GTD Workflow by Stefanos Karagos.
Slide 17, no clue.
Slide 24, detail of an iPhone 4, from
Slide 25, some screenshots of OmniFocus for iPhone. Not sure of the origin. Need to redo these with shots from my own phone (and I need to update the icon).
Slide 26, some screenshots of Things for iPhone and iPod touch.
Slide 27, pen and pad shot via Google Images via Wpromote.
Slide 28, Moleskine tab hack pic via Google Images via FreelanceSwitch.
Slide 29, Hipster PDA shot by Jason Brakins.
Slide 30, iMac shot via
Slide 32, detail of Tracks logo via
Slide 33, shot of my GTDify account.
Slide 34, detail of books via this post at Book/Daddy: Jerome Weeks on Books.
Slide 35, refers to the following excellent resources:, Merlin Mann’s Getting Started with Getting Things Done, David Allen’s Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (of course), and Merlin Mann’s Inbox Zero video.


  1. Seriously. I’m not on their payroll. The only official GTD® people are Allen’s own company,
  2. Which is no easy task, as this is a long and image-heavy presentation that I developed over a long stretch of time. But, hey, I’m trying.