It would be easy to make fun of the Getting Things Done Summit were it not for its laudable and eminently practical subtext of bailing us out of our data-sodden lives.

The inaugural GTD Summit, held in San Francisco this week, had a little of the evangelical about it, a smidgeon of personality cult, the confessional aspect of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and shades of a secret society – for most people, GTD remains a mysterious acronym. Read more