What Jason Fried thinks about GTD

Yesterday we published Productive! Magazine #8 and this one is with my software/business guru - Jason Fried of 37signals
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If you haven't, I encourage you to grab your copy of the PDF magazine (it's free). The iPad version (also free) is coming next week.

If you missed my video interview with Jason, make sure to check it out (there is a 6:30 min version and a very "short and sweet" 1-min version).

On design:
"I don't have a background in design... I studied business, but always loved design"

On making software:
"I'm more like an editor - when I set someone on a right track - they write something, they design something, I look at it, tweak it, to make sure it's good, to make it better... and then we launch it"

On typical day:
"the thing that is typical for me is an inbox that has about 130 emails every day..."

On business:
"you really have to be careful, especially when you love your business. You can love people and you can love the business... and then you're in love with two things"

On GTD:
"If you have a bookshelf, you have to fill it with books. If you have a Getting-Things-Done-like system, you have to fill it with tasks - so sometimes you create more work for yourself than you actually need."

On his book - Rework:
"We didn't set out to write a book, we set out to share... and then over 10 years of sharing we looked back and saw that hey, we have a book here"

On building great things:
"To create something great, you have to cut it in half... keep shortening it... and really figure out what really needs to be there"

On his role in 37signals:
"I want to build the team a little bit more, I want to continue to learn, I want the team to get better - for me it's really great to see everyone getting better all of the time..."

Apart from my interview with Jason there are also some really cool articles that hopefully will inspire you to get things done!

Here's the full Productive! Magazine archive

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I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of Nozbe.com - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 (gtd,productivity)

Al Pittampalli
Jun 3, 2011 18:08
I love the quote about how our tasks expand to fill GTD like systems. Parkinson's Law is so true. Things expand to fill the container we alot for them.
Michael Sliwinski
Jun 4, 2011 13:57
That's why it's important to practice simple GTD: "If you have a bookshelf, you have to fill it with books. If you have a Getting-Things-Done-like system, you have to fill it with tasks" - I think he's right, but to some extent - GTD for me is a set of habits. I need to make sure I can process my stuff to zero and learn to decide quickly what to do with what. Thanks for your comment Al Pittampalli!