Past Meetup

Deep and Shallow Work: Is High-Value, Focused Work Deep or Shallow? (GTD DC)

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Every 3rd Wednesday of the month

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Join us this month's Getting Things Done DC Productivity Group Meetup event!

Please arrive between 6:00PM-6:15PM to get your name badge, mix-and-mingle, and complete the Challenges Forum signup form so we can start promptly!

I. Introductions + Overview (6:15 PM)

A. Introductions - Each member will introduce yourself briefly, tell us what you do professionally (or otherwise), your GTD experience, and a recent success with your productivity implementation and/or life.

B. Challenges Forum - We'll give a few minutes to have the group help each member with solutions to challenges we may be facing currently with life or work circumstances with our productivity system. These are specific productivity challenges and only one challenge per member for time's sake.

II. Discussion Topic: Deep and Shallow Work: Is High-Value, Focused Work Deep or Shallow? (7:20 PM - 7:40PM)

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World ( by Cal Newport, author of several productivity books and assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University, devises the term, Deep Work, for skill that is becoming increasingly valuable in the economies and workforces on the planet. In the meantime, it's becoming rarer and rarer as skill-set, as Shallow Work dominates the working hours of our days. He advocates several strategies for approaching and expanding Deep Work in your work and personal life. Presumably, this grows your marketability in the workforce, helps you achieve more of your personal goals, and gives you more life-work balance. There are a great deal of positive and negative consequences when identifying work in broad categories using Getting Things Done, and Deep Work is no different. And, that's what we'll be discussing at this Meetup. Is Deep Work better than Shallow Work? When? How? And, how is this blended into a GTD approach to life and work actions? Join us to discuss this important book, Deep Work, its philosophy, and how it relates to GTD!

III. GTD Resource Sharing (7:40 PM) -- CATEGORY: Books

This is where everyone can offer a book title, recent blog or magazine article, tip/trick/hack, tool, service or item that has helped them in their life either with GTD or otherwise. The above category is a recommended focus for sharing, but you may share any productivity resource that has helped you on your GTD journey.(We compile resources discussed and post them to our Resources Page in the GTDDC Google Group. Join us there (!)

I encourage everyone to bring some kind of GTD or productivity resource they know about or use to offer to the group! You might think something is simple, plain, obvious or known already, but you would be surprised that sharing this knowledge is always helpful to new and veteran GTDers!

IV. Announcements / Closing Remarks (7:50 PM)

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