116 episodes

Whether you are new to task management or you've fallen off the wagon a few times, this podcast is for you. Once a week, Jean and James review their progress toward a more organized (and less stressful) way of life, and talk about highlights, challenges, and questions. Sometimes they ask the experts to chime in. But the focus will always be on how two friends, who not productivity gurus, figure out how to make this system work for them longterm.

The Weekly Review The Weekly Review

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Whether you are new to task management or you've fallen off the wagon a few times, this podcast is for you. Once a week, Jean and James review their progress toward a more organized (and less stressful) way of life, and talk about highlights, challenges, and questions. Sometimes they ask the experts to chime in. But the focus will always be on how two friends, who not productivity gurus, figure out how to make this system work for them longterm.

    116: Maybe It Wasn’t The Travel

    116: Maybe It Wasn’t The Travel

    In this episode Jean and James talk about their experiences with this year’s online Apple worldwide developer conference (WWDC) compared to past years when they have attended in person. Both are surprised by the number of similarities in how they felt before and after the conference even without spending a week away from home. Also, Jean takes a short staycation and James briefly reimagines WWDC sessions as a new episodic Apple TV+ series.

    115: The Liki Song Project 🌴

    115: The Liki Song Project 🌴

    This week, we focus on James’ epic short project, a video presentation of The Liki Song, including over two dozen musicians and performers.



    Since 2012, James Dempsey and the Breakpoints have held LIVE near WWDC, an evening of music, fun, and laughter playing some of the nerdiest developer music around.


    An online WWDC meant bringing this yearly tradition online as well, so we’ve gathered the largest virtual group of Breakpoint performers ever assembled for a special event.



    James talks about the logistical and technical aspects of pulling together so many moving parts in less than a week, and how such an all-consuming project affects one’s usual approach to getting things done.


    Live-ish Concurrent With WWDC 2020
    (Previously known as Live Near WWDC)

    114: It Has Been 399 Days Since The Topic Was Email

    114: It Has Been 399 Days Since The Topic Was Email

    When this podcast launched, James and Jean talked a lot about managing email, because their inboxes were stuffed and overflowing. Thanks to our weekly reviews, new email tools, and a friendly sense of competition, we managed to get to Inbox Zero. We didn’t necessarily stay at Inbox Zero, but it was still a big improvement.


    Jean had a issue this week and didn’t receive any email for 2 days. It led her to rethink her email hosting provider. We also talk about the new features Hey from BaseCamp is touting, though neither of us is interested in trying it right now.


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    Previous email episodes


    57: I Have to Laugh (May 17, 2019)


    52: Emailiversary (April 12, 2019)


    28: The Big Email Processing Episode (October 26, 2018)


    3: Brute Forcing Our Way ot Inbox Zero (May 11, 2018)

    113: Turn Good Intentions Into Next Actions

    113: Turn Good Intentions Into Next Actions

    In this episode Jean and James talk about ways to use your trusted system to continue supporting causes once they are no longer in the headlines. James talks about his GTD strategy for non-fiction books, including those listed below. Jean describes the power of sending a physical letter to elected officials. And both explore various ways of turning your good intentions into recurring next actions.


    So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

    White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

    112: Not Alright

    112: Not Alright

    James and Jean talk about the trouble with focusing when work commitments don’t feel relevant or important compared to what’s going on right now in the world. Jean didn’t get her Weekly To-Do done, and explains why. James found himself writing a new song, which we share here and discuss his songwriting process.


    Take care, everyone.


    If you are not sure to how to help those who are struggling right now, consider making a donation to the Equal Justice Initiative.

    111: Habitually Speaking

    111: Habitually Speaking

    This week Jean and James talk about the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. James just finished reading it and describes how the practical steps described in the book dovetail nicely into his mental model of his practice of GTD and building a trusted system. Jean and James discuss a few other habit-related books they have read. James takes a concrete step to putting the ideas in Atomic Habits into action.


    Atomic Habits by James Clear

    The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

    Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg

    The Craving Mind by Judson Brewer

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

K Jay Miller ,

Great Intro, Content, and Outro

I've enjoyed following along with the GTD journey!

@kimahlberg ,

Friendly productivity tips

I always enjoy the friendly chatter of Jean and James, and every now and then I learn a good productivity tip as well. This conversational format is vastly preferable compared to listening to someone lecture me on GTD methodology.
A+ would subscribe again.

DougGuitar ,

A nice dose of GTD inspiration

This is a fun little podcast where the hosts Jean and James talk about their efforts to use the getting things done methodology in their day-to-day lives. Although the focus is on the critical weekly review part of the GTD methodology, they actually talk about all aspects of using GTD. I find their friendly and very human discussions to be inspiring in my own use of GTD. It also has a super catchy theme song, so what’s not to love?

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