Tags: , , , , | Categories: Online services, Resources Posted by ProductivityScience on 8/28/2008 6:03 AM | Comments (41)

image GTD Connect is an official online service from David Allen Company and is accessible via site davidco.com (you can directly get here click this link:  http://gtdconnect.com).

GTD Connect is supplied on a subscription basis and price is not cheap - $480 for a year ($48 for a month, two months you'll receive for free if you pay for a year), but sounds reasonable for always busy business people to whom promised "to make life easier".

image It is possible now to register for free and try the service for a two weeks. In this article I'll try to make a review of the service helping you to decide with a subscription.

Let's look what promised for subscribers:

  • The world's largest collection of GTD multimedia content (audio, video and text), with more added on a regular basis.
  • Sixteen Getting Started Modules (video and audio) delivered right to your email inbox.
  • Exclusive videos of David's coaching and insights.
  • An extensive collection of essays on topics from managing email to prioritizing and goal setting.
  • Interviews with leading productivity experts, technology gurus and leaders in business, education and non-profit organizations.
  • Member forums where you can learn from and share with others – about technology, work life mix, implementing GTD – whatever is on your mind.
  • Weekly reminders and reinforcement pushed directly to your email, when and where you ask for it.
  • Social networking features that can help you to find other GTD Connect members in your city or state.

Looks promising. Let's try to register.

Registering

In GTD-sparring with David you will receive your Belt When registering, you'll be asked to complete a profile including  personal information (it is not mandatory to fill all fields) and some productivity-specific questions, for example "What Belt would you give to yourself?". While choosing a belt, you'll receive very descriptive recommendations helping to decide at which step growing to GTD-Ninja you are. Despite of that, I am well-organized and high productive person, I can't receive any belt higher than White because I do not emptying my inbox to zero.

The Main Page layout introduces to you access to 16 Getting Started modules, GTD-Q system, David's column, video materials and some dynamic information - latest activity and upcoming seminars list. At the bottom of the page you'll see personal intention journal (we'll talk about this later) and inspirational quotations. 

GTD Connect Main Page

Let's look deeper at theses features.

Features of the service

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"Getting Started" section contains professionally prepared videos and audio recordings that intended to make a quick introduction into GTD system. All who are not new to GTD maybe do not find anything new there, but for all others it is highly recommended to start your GTD-travel there. Anyway, it is very  good multimedia variant of the original GTD book and I can recommend it to anybody, even if you have a Black Belt on GTD - you'll definitely find something new and useful.

But most interesting thing on GTD Connect is exclusive content - articles, whitepapers, electronically available issues of GTD Journal (where Editor is David Allen) and more in PDF format good for printing. When you'll get access to most recent exclusive articles written by GTD gurus, you'll feel like a GTD-master too. 

GTD-Q Assessment results windowGTD-Q is an assessment (currently in Beta status) to examine how organized, productive and sane your life is. It differs from GTD Belt because Belt is assigned on your GTD performance but GTD-Q tests your way of life and does not use any GTD-specific features or questions.

You can re-run GTD-Q assessment as many time as you want after you have reached some advancements in your life, and see your progress in terms of control and perspective on the graph.

GTD-Q is a really helpful feature to find out areas of life that need an improvement. You can start here and understand where to move further.

Another interesting feature of GTD Connect is exclusive forum where you can ask or answer questions and share your experience on learning GTD with active community. Although on the site exists public version of the forum, the closed one is more structured and well-supported by DavidCo staff, you even can meet David Allen here answering questions. 

My GTD Solutions displayed according to your profile GTD Connect is highly customizable. When you complete your profile, you'll receive a list of materials recommended to review in a special personal section "My GTD Solutions". Whereas a lot of materials on the site, this feature is very helpful, especially for very busy people.

And one important thing more - GTD Connect is not only sort of closed resource for chosen only, but also an effective online service to set up tasks and priorities. You have tab MyConnect here where you can setup remainders for any of your  objectives and get them via e-mail (personal intention journal). Once a week (you choose the day) you'll receive weekly reminder with text written by David Allen helping to motivate your to Get Your Things Done.

You'll receive Intention Journal remainders by e-mail

Conclusion

I have very positive impression from GTD Connect. It is live service with a great content and community. If you are fan of GTD, you'll definitely like this service and enjoy it, especially access to exclusive content or even possibility to consult with such iconic person as David Allen. If you are simply trying to implement GTD and know price of your own time, you'll receive great support and motivation from this service for a reasonable price. Anyway, you can check this service for free and make your own conclusion, just visit this link.

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