Getting Things Done Under The Oaks

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006
In May of 1997, I joined a small group of advisors at David Allen's home, in Ojai, for a "Meeting under the Oaks." There, under the beautiful Oak trees in David and Kathryn's front yard, we reviewed the history of David's business and his ideas, dreams and business plan for the new company - "The David Allen Company." It was an inspiring meeting and I'm both delighted and honored to have been a part of this group and the growth of the organization.

One of the goals that David shared with us, was to write his first book. We discussed the challenges of trying to write a book while building a company; we agreed - some more vocally than others - that the book would be an essential strategic component to get the word out about David's work and to help people.

Many months later, David handed me one of the first hardcover copies of GTD, fresh from the publisher. He had completed another major project on his list - to write his first book. Now, the next action was to get the word out.

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Word spread fast. Most of you know the rest of the story.

As David's strategic technologist for more than a dozen years, I've had the unique opportunity to work with David personally and observe the behind-the-scenes activities of the company as it grew. I've watched and helped as David put into practice the things that he writes and speaks about. I can tell you that the behavior and processes described in the book are the same used in the company and the same David uses at his desk. (And I've seen his in-box when it's full.) For that reason, and more importantly, because of my own experience, I'm happy to share with everyone I meet that the GTD methodology really works. It has changed my life and my work.

Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks so.

Business Week, has just posted next week's news - that David Allen's book , Getting Things Done, has topped the paperback best-seller list.

It's exciting to see that people everywhere recognize David "advanced common sense" provides a framework for becoming more productive and remaining stress free in a world of too much to do.

Way to go, David!

David, it's time to move "GTD at top of best-seller list' to your list of completed successful outcomes.

David, you've been a great friend, encourager, and personal champion for many years. I appreciate your friendship and the impact the things that you have taught me have had on my life. I delight in your success.

UPDATE: I'm planning to head over to David's this afternoon. If you would like to share your story or words of congratulations, I'll print them and hand-deliver them to David.

Discussion/Comments (10):

Getting Things Done Under The Oaks

David, Thank you for the encouragement you have been to our family, and most especially Amy and Wendy. We've all loved chatting with you over our lunches, and appreciate the fun discussions about things other than work. You are a delightful friend, and always welcome to be part of our family.

Posted at 02/01/2006 9:24:06 by Kathy Mack

Getting Things Done Under The Oaks

David - Congratulations on GTD making the top of the list. It is a well-deserved and, IMO, long overdue recognition of your work. Thanks for the guidance and inspiration you have provided to me through your writing and teaching.

Posted at 02/01/2006 9:41:02 by Marc Orchant

Getting Things Done Under The Oaks

The only thing better than the book is David either in person or on Audible!

Great work, great ideas...

Posted at 02/01/2006 10:08:58 by Buzz Bruggeman

Getting Things Done Under The Oaks

Mr. Allen,

Congratulations on the success of your book. That's great news!

Thank you for encouraging my sister and me and for sponsoring our team. Also thank you for teaching us how to MindMap in your seminar. I use your methods all the time.

I think it is wonderful that your book finally made it to the top.


Amy Mack

Posted at 02/01/2006 10:31:49 by Amy Mack

Thank you for supporting Amy and I throught the years both in robotics and GTD.

I especially enjoy the method of mindmapping you taught us at that seminar several years ago. I am now using GTD all the time, mostly without knowing it

I think that it is great that your book made the top on the best seller list.

Good job


Posted at 02/01/2006 11:11:22 by Wendy Mack

Getting Things Done Under The Oaks

Dear Mr. Allen

Congratulations on your book. It is wonderful that you made it to the top of the best seller list.

Thank you for supporting our team and teaching us GTD.

I am constantly using the mindmapping method you taught us several years ago at your seminar. Many times I use GTD without knowing it.

I am looking forward to hearing what your next goal is.

Good job,


Posted at 02/01/2006 11:21:14 by Wendy Mack

Getting Things Done Under The Oaks


Life work just works better with GTD. Thanks for paying the price to make it happen!

Three cheers!


Posted at 02/01/2006 14:05:52 by Dean

Getting Things Done Under The Oaks

Eric and David:

The vision and effort behind GTD and bringing this unique insight to the world is truly amazing. I had the opportunity to relate to David personally back in November, over dinner (thanks again David!) the impact that GTD has had on me personally. It's the framework that provides the means for me to deliver on my commitments, dreams, and aspirations.

Topping the bestseller list is another important milestone in the journey. It's exciting to know that GTD is gaining recognition. It has the potential of going "viral", and going "mainstream".

For today, the entire team should experience the pride that must be yours to have had such a broad-reaching impact on so many people at such a fundamendal level. Fantastic!



Posted at 02/02/2006 7:04:46 by Peter Gallant

Getting Things Done Under The Oaks

Congratulations, David. As I said in my email to you recently, he book's been a real life-changer for me. I'm truly indebted.


Posted at 02/03/2006 16:21:25 by Matthew Cornell

Getting Things Done Under The Oaks

Oops - I meant "the book", not "he book". Although it *is* a he book as well...

Posted at 02/03/2006 16:24:25 by Matthew Cornell

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