Impact Survey

Measuring the effectiveness of GTD on Next Action Associates' clients

Who took part in the Survey?

Online survey to assess general impact of GTD practice on individuals’ work and life:

A survey invitation was sent to the Next Action Associates newsletter database, which is made up of seminar and coaching alumni as well as other individuals who have registered interest in GTD.

There were 320 completed surveys which were conducted in September 2016.

Questions focused on participants' perceptions regarding the following:

  • Stress levels
  • Impact on personal life
  • Productivity gains
  • Overall happiness
  • Ability to shut off after work

Experience with GTD

How long have you been using GTD?

Summary of results

Survey shows significant improvements in respondents work and personal life after using GTD methodology

Reduced stress
Highly Recommended
More able to shut off after work

Overall reduction of stress levels

After implementing GTD, respondents report reduced stress levels

Participants were asked to rate stress levels on a scale 1 to 10. Responses between 1 and 5 were deemed 'lower stress', 6 to 10 deemed 'higher stress'.


Dramatic increase in productivity at work

After implementing GTD, more than half of respondents reported a very high rating for productivity at work

Impact of GTD on personal life

76% of respondents rate 6 and above (on a 10 point scale) for GTD enabling productivity in personal life

Participants were asked to rate the positive impact of productivity in personal life on a scale 1 to 10, 1 being 'very low impact' and 10 being 'very high impact'.


Improved ability to shut off from work

Respondents found it easier to separate work and leisure time after implementing GTD

After implementing GTD:
60% of respondents rate their ability to shut off from work at 7 or higher on a 1 to 10 scale – compared to 20% before GTD

Impact on overall happiness

81% of respondents feel considerably or dramatically happier after implementing GTD

Recommendation of GTD

99% of respondents would recommend GTD to a friend, family member or colleague

Next Steps

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