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Productivity Book Group launching!

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Hi there, GTDers!

After long contemplation and preparation, I'm launching a virtual, personal productivity book discussion club, Productivity Book Group. All are invited to read the easily manageable reading selections and discuss these personal productivity and related books with the group!

Price: FREE

Schedule: We will meet roughly every two weeks, covering approximately 50-100 pages per discussion. The logic behind this is to read about 5-10 pages per day leading up to every discussion, so it's realistic. If you use Google Calendar, it's easy to keep up-to-date as you can subscribe by visiting and clicking on "+Google Calendar" icon on the lower-right corner of the Productivity Book Group calendar. Also, you can keep an eye on http://productivitybo...­ for notifications about the book schedules and the audio recordings of the discussions which we'll post there also (and syndicate to iTunes, etc., for podcasting).

Discussion: It's easy! Read the selection of the book noted on the schedule and then join the teleconference call at the date/time noted below. The teleconference line information WILL change around so you should pay attention to the number and call-in code provided in EACH calendar event record. As well, we may be experimenting with doing the discussion via Google+ Hangouts on Air so that we can have audio/visual interaction during the discussions, along with the teleconference bridge line patched in; we shall see!

Our first three books (Getting Things Done, Ready for Anything, and Making It All Work) are an homage to David Allen and the GTD methodology; however, we will make our way on to other books thereafter (see below).

Getting Things Done by David Allen

  • March 2, 2013, 12:00pm EST, Part 1: The Art of Getting Things Done | Introduction / Chapters 1-3
  • March 16, 2013, 12:00pm EST, Part 2: Practicing Stress-Free Productivity | Chapters 4-6
  • March 30, 2013, 12:00pm EST, Part 2: Practicing Stress-Free Productivity | Chapters 7-10
  • April 13, 2013, 12:00pm EST, Part 3: The Power of Key Principles | Chapters 11-13 / Conclusion

After we finish Getting Things Done, we'll move on to David Allen's other books, as follows:

Ready for Anything by David Allen

  • Part I | Introduction / Chapters 1-13
  • Part II | Chapters 14-26
  • Part III |  Chapters 27-39
  • Part IV | Chapters 40-52
  • Part V | The Five Phase of Workflow Mastery, Processing and Organizing Workflow, The Natural Planning Model. and, The Weekly Review

Making It All Work by David Allen

  • Chapters 1-3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapters 5-10
  • Chapters 11-13
  • Chapters 14-20, GTD-Q

Not in any particular order(!), some future book selections after the GTD series will include these and many others:

  • The First Nine by Mike Vardy
  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duuhig
  • The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
  • What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite by David DiSalvo
  • The Winner Effect by Ian H. Robertson
  • Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

I welcome your questions, concerns, recommendations and suggestions! I will definitely need substitute facilitators, volunteers to help spread the word about the reading group, and more, so please let me know if you have a particular skillset you think can be of help. Thank you!


Ray Sidney-Smith
Organizer, Getting Things Done DC Productivity Meetup
Organizer, Getting Things Done NYC Productivity Meetup

ProdPod, the podcast of productivity lessons in two minutes or less
Facilitator, Productivity Book Group
(202) 527-9620 mobile/sms
Twitter: @gtddc and @gtdnyc
Skype: rsidneysmith

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