Update Alert

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

I’ve decided to start blogging again now that I’m a full-time writer and use this site as an outlet for my work. You may find that some links don’t work for a while so please bear with me.

Many thanks

Matthew Bate

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Who’s Using GTD?

Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Hopefully those who have followed my productivity course will be we versed in the benefits of productivity, but those who may need a little more convincing should look at the resources I’ve assembled here.

I’ve been surfing the web hoping to find some interesting stories from those who have decided to do more in less time and found these excellent resources:

The first is a very good profile of David Allen, who invented the GTD – Getting Things Done – system upon which my productivity methodology is based. David is one of the most interesting men in the ‘management guru’ marketplace at present. He isn’t your average salary whore.

The second is a record of the experiences of a UK-based journalist, so the spelling is correct. He makes a good case for the stress-reduction properties of the GTD method.

I suppose I should write a personal recollection…


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Planner Instructions

Friday, 22 June 2007

If you’ve followed my podcast course, you’ll know that a paper planner is by far the most human-centric way to plan your projects.

With this in mind I have designed what I believe to be the ideal planner format and described it in a document. I’ve packaged it as a PDF, it’s a lot easier to print the thing while you’re fiddling with paper and folders.

Click here to download the m2b8 planner instructions.

I hope you enjoy it. I also hope for world peace and not to be nearly forty.


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Episode 1 – Productivity

Friday, 22 June 2007

Having learned how to use the tools and fallen into many leaf-covered pits on the journey, I have recorded and released the first in my series of podcast episodes designed to give away all of my knowledge.

The episode is the foundation of my methods and is focused on doing more in less time.

The system is a modified and systematised version of the ‘Getting Things Done‘ system from the book of the same name by David Allen. You can find both David and his excellent book via his company, DavidCo.

Importantly, I have incorporated many other elements into the system in this episode so if you know the book, please don’t e-mail me telling me I’ve got it wrong!

I’ve taught this to many MANY people now and this is the simplest way I’ve found to establish a system that can be easily followed in the future. There is no point in building a complex system because you won’t keep it up. I hope I strike the correct balance between functionality and simplicity.

As a companion piece, I have prepared a post detailing my ideal paper planner system, which I have used personally for some time.

I hope you enjoy it, please let me know if you do.

Finally, here it is.

Episode 1 – Productivity


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