Getting Things Done with Google Sheets

Mike Sturm, Productivity and Self-Improvement Writer

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12 Videos (1h 22m)
    • Overview

      2:10
    • Introduction

      6:41
    • Google Sheets

      7:40
    • Core Values and Inbox Tabs

      7:19
    • Workflow

      3:16
    • Projects

      6:22
    • Next Actions Tab

      6:11
    • Waiting For and Agendas

      6:34
    • Incubator

      7:35
    • Taking a Project from Inbox to Completed

      10:46
    • Weekly Review

      15:11
    • Wrap up

      2:32
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About This Class

  • Being organized and being productive go hand in hand. Finding the right tool to organize your work can be crucial, but it can also be daunting. Luckily, I have crafted a spreadsheet to help you organize and manage your work using the GTD (Getting Things Done) framework. The app is free, cross-platform, and almost infinitely agile for all styles and preferences.
  • This class will teach you how to make a spreadsheet that will serve as your GTD tool. It will be the piece of software where your GTD system resides. You’ll learn how to build a system in Google Sheets to track your projects, actions, and outcomes. You’ll also learn some best practices for keeping things organized outside of the spreadsheet (like documents, notes, emails, and other material).
  • This class is for anyone who is interested in being better organized and more productive. The skills learned here are applicable for both professional and personal endeavors. A knowledge of David Allen’s Getting Things Done systems will be helpful, but is not necessary.
  • I will be using Google Sheets, and providing a link to template you can use. It works best if you have your own Google account, but you can download the sheet as an .xls file (or other type of spreadsheet file type), and use most of the same formulas and methods.
  • You will need minimal experience with and knowledge of spreadsheet programs. I have done most of the formula-related heavy lifting for you.

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GTD is a great skill but tricky to actually get it to work. This is a practical way to learn it and also set your own. I recommend you to personalize your sheet. It will motivate you to actually use it. Best of luck and thanks Mike!
Really enjoying this class - it's exactly what I need. The teaching is very easy to follow and understand. Edited: Finished this course, very satisfied. I looked everywhere online for a template I could use to easily implement GTD. The apps I saw just weren't cutting it - I wanted easy and honestly, inexpensive. I already use Google Sheets and Mike's spreadsheet and tutorial on how to use it was exactly what I needed. No one else has this system down the way he does. I can use my GS on my laptop and on the go on my phone. (One helpful tip - to be able to use GS offline, you need to login to a CHROME browser (I usually use safari on a mac and iphone) and enable offline editing. Then, be sure that you are using Chrome on your laptop for editing the spreadsheet. It will not save if it's opening in a safari browser. I hope that's helpful!)
This course is great for anybody who is looking for a personalized tool to practice GTD or even anybody who wants more familiarity with GTD. It's also a great reminder that you don't need a fancy (or expensive) tool to be productive. Bonus: If you DO want to use Google Sheets for your system, Mike makes his template available and walks you through the workflow.

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Mike Sturm

Productivity and Self-Improvement Writer

I write and teach about productivity, thinking, and self-improvement. I regularly publish writing on those topics for various publications, including Better Humans, Personal Growth, The Coffeelicious, and others. I also publish a weekly newsletter--Woolgathering--designed to help you think like no one else. My approach to productivity and personal growth is informed by my background in philosophy--which I taught at the college level for 5 years. I live right up on the border between Illinois ...

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