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GTD Cafe: Does Getting Things Done Help Your Career?

J0395896 I've been in many job interviews and not once have I said, "You should hire me because I practice GTD."  After getting hooked on Penelope Trunk's blog Brazen Careerist, I started thinking about how GTD relates to one's career.



GTD makes you unique. This past week, I conducted some practice interviews for a business class here at school.  Time and time again, I wanted to hear what each student could offer that was unique.  GTD is for the potential employee, a USP or unique selling point because it shows the future boss that you take productivity seriously.



GTD makes you powerful. No, I'm not talking about the number of reps on the bench press but I do believe that a healthy dose of GTD enables you to get more done in less time.  Where I come from, that ability to do is like fire in a bottle.



GTD allows you to think clearly. When you can think clearly about projects, tasks and commitments, you have clarity.  Clarity enables focus and focus enables success.



GTD is a great recipe for relaxation. I'm not necessarily talking about taking a nap in your backyard hammock (but let's not count that out!).  Rather, I think that GTD allows you to get through the day without totally losing your mind.  How's that for a reality check of relaxation!



In conclusion, it's clear that GTD helps with work but does it help propel one's career?  While the case is still open, I can say from my own experience that Getting Things Done certainly can't hurt.



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