Getting Things Done for Researchers

I shall be presenting a workshop on Getting Things Done for Researchers as part of the University of Salford doctoral programme on 8 February 2012.


The Salford Postgraduate Research Training Programme (SPoRT)
Getting Things Done for Researchers
Dr Pascal Venier
School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences
Wednesday 8 February 2012, 13:00-16:00

The aims of this session are twofold:

  • Firstly, to introduce participants to the Getting Things Done method developed by Davis Allen, which unlike traditional time management methods, focuses on managing workflows rather than time (1).
  • And secondly to help participants start developing their own effective personal workflow system.

This session will introduce the principles of the Getting Things Done methodology. It will focuses particularly on :

  • the five phases of mastering one’s own workflow seamlessly (Collect, Process, Organise, Review and Do)
  • the weekly review
  • and the 6 levels approach to setting priorities (current actions, current projects, areas of responsibility and focus, short, middle and long term goals and visions)

Participants will also have the opportunity to reflect on their current workflows and what their own existing commitments and priorities are and should be.

(1) David Allen, Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-free Productivity (London: Piatkus Books, 2002). ISBN 978-0749922641.