GTD is the shorthand brand for “Getting Things Done”, the ground breaking work-life management system and bestselling book by David Allen, which provides concrete solutions for transforming overwhelm and uncertainty into an integrated system of stress-free productivity

Five phases of mastering workflow

  • Capture Collect anything and everything that’s grabbing your attention
  • Clarify Define actionable things into concrete next steps and successful outcomes
  • Organize Sort information in the most streamlined way, in appropriate categories, based on how and when you need to access it
  • Reflect Step back to review and update your system regularly
  • Engage Make trusted choices about what to do in any given moment


  1. UNDERSTANDING You understand the distinct differences in the five phases of Mastering Workflow.You understand a project versus a next action. You know how to transform what you’ve collected by asking the key processing questions, clarifying what something is, and what you want to do about it.
  2. IMPLEMENTATION You have installed at least the basic gear to support a GTD system, including ubiquitous collection tools, functioning reference systems for your non-actionable information, and seamless buckets with “clean edges” for tracking your projects and next actions.
  3. BEHAVIOR CHANGE The five phases of Mastering Workflow are second nature to you. You have changed the way you think and work and are achieving stress-free productivity on a regular basis. When you “fall off” you know what to do to get “back on”.This Guide will leap forward to the Implementation stage, by configuring Wunderlist as an organizing tool for your projects, actions, and reference. Success at the implementation stage depends on your understanding of GTD.If you are committed to GTD and experiencing stress-free productivity, don’t shortchange yourself by skipping the “Understanding” stage.