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    Getting Things Done: The Science behind Stress-Free Productivity

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    Allen (2001) proposed the Getting Things Done (GTD) method for personal productivity enhancement, and reduction of the stress caused by information overload. This paper argues that recent insights in psychology and cognitive science support and extend GTDs recommendations. We first summarize GTD with the help of a flowchart. We then review the theories of situated, embodied and distributed cognition that purport to explain how the brain processes information and plans actions in the real world. The conclusion is that the brain heavily relies on the environment, to function as an external memory, a trigger for actions, and a source of affordances, disturbances and feedback. We then show how these principles are practically implemented in GTD, with its focus on organizing tasks into actionable external memories, and on opportunistic, situation-dependent execution. Finally, we propose an extension of GTD to support collaborative work, inspired by the concept of stigmergy.

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    Title : Getting Things Done: The Science behind Stress-Free Productivity
    Author(s) : Francis Heylighen, Clément Vidal
    Abstract : Allen (2001) proposed the Getting Things Done (GTD) method for personal productivity enhancement, and reduction of the stress caused by information overload. This paper argues that recent insights in psychology and cognitive science support and extend GTDs recommendations. We first summarize GTD with the help of a flowchart. We then review the theories of situated, embodied and distributed cognition that purport to explain how the brain processes information and plans actions in the real world. The conclusion is that the brain heavily relies on the environment, to function as an external memory, a trigger for actions, and a source of affordances, disturbances and feedback. We then show how these principles are practically implemented in GTD, with its focus on organizing tasks into actionable external memories, and on opportunistic, situation-dependent execution. Finally, we propose an extension of GTD to support collaborative work, inspired by the concept of stigmergy.
    Keywords : applied cognitive psychology, decision theory

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    Area : Other
    Language : English
    Year : 2007

    Affiliations Global Brain Institute, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels
    Journal : Long Range Planning
    Volume : 41
    Issue : 6
    Publisher : Elsevier
    Pages : 585-605
    Url : http://cogprints.org/5904/

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