The difference between GTD and Integrity

Getting Things Done (GTD) is an action management method created by David image Allen. It is based on the principal that we have to get things out of mind by recording them, so that we can focus on the task at hand.

Following are the differences between GTD and Integrity based on GDT principals.

GDT Core Principals


In GTD, we need a place (bucket) to dump all of our tasks.
In Integrity, we start with the monthly goals and find the controllable actions we start with the end in mind and leave out everything else.


In GTD we take the task out of the bucket one by one and either do it if it takes 2 minutes, or delegate it, or defer it.

In Integrity we commit to the actions we will perform at the beginning of each day and week. There is no deferring or delegation per-se


GTD, there is a great need to keep track of tasks: Next Actions, Projects, Waiting For, Someday/Maybe. Filing them and searching for them is key.

Integrity, we keep a white board of the task the each person committed to. No need to keep track of what others do, or to wait for them, it must be committed by yourself or others. It is event driven and if a task is postponed, you can act to rectify it


GTD –Daily and weekly, private review

Integrity, There are set group meetings daily and weekly. Committing to the group and not in private.

Main differences: Filing System

While GTD put a lot of focus on storing the tasks, Integrity focuses on doing the tasks required to reach a goal. Integrity has no need to file tasks, and to keep track of delegated tasks. The process is event driven and when a task (goal) is delegated, there is no need to track it, and to ask about it, or to wait for other people to finish.

Although this it is true that if everyone had integrity, there won’t be a need to ‘wait for’ tasks, but as we deal with other vendors and customers who don’t manage their integrity, we need to keep track of these, and using GTD is a good way to do it, especially since there will be a lot less of these tasks.

The big difference in my view is that with GTD there is no team work, no team commitment, and the delegation is brittle. It becomes too easy to be caught up on the periodical checking or deferred and delegated tasks.

  1. Hi David Thanks for you comments. I sulhod clarify that this is not intended to replace my task management system. It’s more of a cover page or a compass for the week. I sulhod also clarify that I don’t have a “basic, entry-level workload”. On the contrary, it sounds pretty similar to your own workload. Tasks projects come and go throughout the week, and I try to knock them off as fast as they come in. I agree this does require flexibility. I also want to do more than just keep up. I’d like to look back at the end of each week and know that I accomplished a few things that were important to me. Anyway, this is an experiment, and I’ll see how it goes.

  2. While this works for your workflow, and it would work for ayonne with a basic, entry-level workload, I don’t really believe it would work for someone with a high volume of tasks and projects on their plate.If you’re choosing your cards at the beginning of the week with the top 3 projects, top 3 tasks, etc. and aren’t recalculating that daily as new, higher-priority tasks come up, the system falls on its face. In any given week for me, I sweep off 50+ tasks and a dozen projects, only to have that time replaced by 100 more tasks and two-dozen more projects. That’s just the nature of the work we all do.

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