GTD® refers to Getting Things Done. It is a time-management method, described in a book of the same title by productivity consultant David Allen.
The GTD® method rests on the idea of moving planned tasks and projects out of the mind by recording them externally and then breaking them into actionable work items. This allows one to focus attention on taking action on tasks, instead of on recalling them.
I’ve started to use GTD® over 5 years ago, and I found it a life saver, so I’ve started to introduce the book and my experiences to every person I care about that is willing to listen.
What I’ve found is that only 15% to 20% of the people that were interested and actually read the book (and were willing to listen to me ramble about it) actually ended up adopting GTD® as part of their daily routines.
Each and every one of the people that actually ended up adopting it became advocates of the methodology.
So the question is … if it is so great, how come there is only a 15% to 20% success rate in adopting the system?
At the beginning I was blaming myself, thinking that obviously I do not know how to convey the information. I decided to do some quick googling about that. What I’ve found is that the success rate I experience seems to be the norm.
I’ve decided to write this blog to clarify the reasons.