“The mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”

–David Allen

I host a weekly radio show on SiriusXM 111, Business Radio Powered by Wharton, called Work and Life. We publish edited versions of my conversations as free podcasts. I invite you to listen to  the episode (embedded below) that is my conversation with David Allen, the best-selling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity and an expert in personal and organizational productivity. He teaches multiple courses on productivity based on GTD. His productivity philosophy is based on the powerful realization that your mind is for having ideas, not holding them. There is a reason why GTD is a worldwide bestseller: David has broken down productivity to easy and actionable steps that anyone can take.

In this episode, David shares his approach to work and life; it isn’t about creating separation. Rather, it is about creating appropriate engagement and giving full attention. Stew and David discuss the importance of getting things “out of your head” and onto some other place, one you trust. This is the first, and probably most important, of the five steps that David outlines to achieve productivity. Throughout the conversation, David shares simple yet powerful steps listeners to take to be more productive and fulfilled in all parts of life.