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I just wanted to say thank you for inviting me to come along Thursday. Given the level of value I felt guilty I'd even questioned the price of training in my mind and my level of cynicism around it when I first was reading about it, wondering why it was different. The training day has a combination of factors that made it really powerful for me; yes the concepts, theories and system are really useful and helpful, but when you combined that with the quality of the training materials and your delivery as a trainer it really impressed me as a whole. The way it's structured and delivered taps into a lot of theories around how people learn well. Personally though, I came away with hope that I can find a better way to stress free existence as a business owner. I have always considered myself pretty organised and motivated, and most people that know me would say that, but I got so much from the course. There were ideas that had never occured to me, the way it combines as a system will be a step up - I viewed it as a way to become super-organised so no longer do I have to worry as much and keep a signficant amount in my head. It will probably mean I can take on a larger workload as I'm not holding it all in my head - I always find I hit a limit at about 5 projects, I can't take the distraction of focus as soon as there is more. But with this, I could manage more by dealing with things at the right time. I struggle to sleep when I'm busy and I see this as a way forward and being able to sleep again, even under greater pressures. Given I have a stress-related disease (Crohns) this will signficiantly help me in my mission to manage my mental and physical health. I am focusing on starting to set the system up today - and I know this is only an email - but I wanted to say a big thank you! I am so pleased I met you, and you have converted me to a fan - I'd love to take you out for lunch or dinner at least to say thank you and brainstorm how I can take this to my connections in the HR industry.

Rebecca Stevenes

Work Brighter

I have been using GTD for 5 years now. The tools, techniques and processes I learned at the start - and have mastered over time - are the foundation of my daily life, both at work and at home. I have always been a natural planner, and was already highly efficient in my work. But as I gained more seniority and began working across time zones with global stakeholders I had to mobilise large, fragmented teams and the demands on my time and the feeling of needing to be always ‘on’ meant there weren’t enough hours in the day. Given the hours and effort I was already putting in, working longer and harder wasn’t an option. And I realized that what I was experiencing wasn’t just a blip that would eventually pass. This was the new normal, and to be able to keep on top of things demanded a shift in the way I worked and organised myself. And that was just for my work life. And given how much time I was spending on work, it was even more challenging at home! GTD offered a simple and flexible framework that I was able to start using immediately, and which provided immediate relief for some of what I was experiencing. For me the most powerful thing GTD offers is the ability to unlock critical thinking time – finding enough space each week to clear my mind and get my commitments into a system that I trust. The practice of GTD has grounded me through this journey of taking on more and more responsibility, and is the bedrock that I return to daily to ensure I am focusing on the right things at the right time. GTD has supported me through the transition I have made to being a Partner – including winning and leading the firm’s largest consulting project with a team of over 150 people – and has allowed my system to constantly evolve as I’ve needed more support from it. It is a simple approach, but it helps to manage extreme complexity. Because of that simplicity and flexibility, it is a system that works as well for CEOs as it does for secretaries. When whole teams work in this way it equips them to cope with shifting priorities, ambiguity and complex situations – and unlocks productivity as a result. I would strongly recommend GTD is available within the firm at all grades to support us on our transformation journey.

Lauren Jackson

Partner, Government & Infrastructure, KPMG