getting-things-doneIn fourth grade, my teacher wrote on my report card something along the lines of “Andreah is a brilliant student . . . but her desk is such a MESS!” In high school, I kept my bedroom SO cluttered that my parents threatened to sell my carpet. I don’t think that any one of us – Mrs. Buss, Mom, Dad OR I – could have EVER imagined the day that the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity would invite ME, of all people, to be the featured guest on an episode of his podcast. If you’re still searching for proof that God DOES, in fact, have a sense of humor, then be sure to check out Up Close with David Allen . . . In Conversation with Andreah Churchill.

During this conversation, I share with David how the Getting Things Done system helped me to navigate a challenging period of transition in my life.

Notable Excerpts of the Conversation

Getting Things Done in the Midst of Medical Crisis
“We found our stride and we really lived our life in a way to where the disease didn’t define who we were as people.” During this 5 minute excerpt, I describe how Brian and I used Getting Things Done (GTD) techniques to manage our careers and maintain a somewhat “normal” lifestyle after his diagnosis of cancer recurrence.

Project Creating, Priority Shifting Information
“As much as I’m trying to throw myself into my work and I’ve got to be on top of my game, all I want to do is sleep. I don’t want to get out of bed.” During this 3 minute excerpt, I describe what it was like to prepare for my company to double in size in the midst of paralyzing fear.

My Four Scary Things
“What am I REALLY really afraid of about the possibility that Brian might not be able to be with us?” During this 6 minute excerpt, I describe what it was like to identify what had my attention and those things that were at the root of my paralyzing fear.

Rescuing a Company On My Lunch Hour
“I could have hung the moon that day and I don’t think that he would have been any more proud than the fact that he knew that is studio, his pride and joy, would be able to continue.” During this 7 minute excerpt, I describe how being clear and current on the lower horizons allowed me to shift quickly into thinking and acting at higher levels of perspective in the midst of adversity.

Saying Goodbye
“I opened up my OmniFocus program and created a project. It was called Ensure a Peaceful Transition for Brian.” During this powerful and personal 7 minute excerpt from my conversation with David Allen, I described how practical applications of the GTD methodology allowed me to spend the final precious moments of my husband’s life focusing my attention exactly where it needed to be.


David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. His thirty-year pioneering research and coaching to corporate managers and CEOs of some of America’s most prestigious corporations and institutions has earned him Forbes’ recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the U.S. and Business 2.0 magazine’s inclusion in their 2006 list of the “50 Who Matter Now.” Time Magazine called his flagship book, “Getting Things Done”, “the definitive business self-help book of the decade.” Fast Company Magazine called David “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” in the arena of personal productivity, for his outstanding programs and writing on time and stress management, the power of aligned focus and vision, and his groundbreaking methodologies in management and executive peak performance.

David is the international best-selling author of “Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity”; “Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life”; and “Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life”.

He is the engineer of GTD®, the popular Getting Things Done® methodology that has shown millions how to transform a fast-paced, overwhelming, overcommitted life into one that is balanced, integrated, relaxed, and has more successful outcomes. GTD’s broad appeal is based on the fact that it is applicable from the boardroom to the living room to the class room. It is hailed as “life changing” by students, busy parents, entrepreneurs and corporate executives. David is the Founder and Chairman of the David Allen Company, whose inspirational seminars, coaching, educational materials and practical products present individuals and organizations with a new model for “Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life.” He continues to write articles and essays that address today’s ever-changing issues about living and working in a fast-paced world while sustaining balance, control, and meaningful focus.

GTD® and Getting Things Done® are registered trademarks of David Allen & Co.

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