Join David Allen for an in-depth discussion in this video What do you want to "get done?", part of Getting Things Done.
- [Male] What am I trying to get done these days? Well, we've got a big project, which is the global education of GTD. It's part of our Mission and Vision to get as much of the world turned on to this methodology as possible. I think the world would be a much better place if everybody sort of thought about outcomes and next actions and took the accountability to do this. It's embedded in this material. So part of our vision is to take this as broad as we can to as many people as we can. So one of the big big projects right now is developing an exportable training model that we're now franchising around the world.
So we've now got 40 countries that have started just starting to get some traction so that we're training master trainers within their language within their region. So that they can then certify trainers to be able to do this. And we've been spending a lot of time building a three level training course that's really elegant. I have to say, it's really sort of the compilation of all of these 30 years of our work. And getting it into a format that we can export it, it can be translated and that we can have other trainers around the world. So building that community of practice, of best practice, best practitioners and Master Trainers around the world that we will stay in touch with so that we'll build this whole Global Community.
That we can share from each other. Learn from each other. Share war stories. That's a big big big project right now. So that's got a lot of my attention. Rewriting a revised version, an updated version, of Getting Things Done. It's on my plate right now. Probably early 2015, late 2014 that will be out. That's a big project. I have a project to research Next Generation of Productivity software. Whether there's a way to actually use the digital capability of the world now to be able to enhance a lot of what the Getting Things Done Methodology is all about.
Most of the software that's out there right now, great stuff, but they're pretty much just list managers. Different bells and whistles. But we think there's a next generation that's possible to actually be developing. That will allow you to think better and be a great facilitation for decision support. So that's out there. It takes a lot of deep thinking and deep research and deep development that's... And the technology is making that easier and easier.
But to be cross-platform, to be in the clouds, to be able to make sure that wherever you are you're able to take advantage of that. So we're partnering with a great software company to do that. Intentional software that's shared by Charles Simonyi. He built Office and Word and Excel. And so that's exciting. But no promises there. We just... It's a long-term developmental research project to find out. But they've got some things in the works. So that's got my attention. My wife and I are moving to Amsterdam. Just a new adventure in our life. That's got my attention.
I had one project that was moved to Amsterdam. And last week, in my weekly review I unpacked that to the 17 discreet projects that are about that right now. So believe me, it's given me a great opportunity to eat my own dog food. To make sure I can stay focused on that. Those are primarily the things I'm getting done. And I'm still being invited around the world to give Keynote speeches and to do workshops and so forth. And to keep that fire lit. And to sort of be the basic flag holder for the Getting Things Done Methodology as long as I'm around.
I can't do anything else. So there is no retirement. I guess I'd wait on tables, you know if I didn't do this. That'd be my next favorite job. But that's it.
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