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Our experience from the 2020 Time Blocking Summit and 2021 Task Management & Time Blocking Summit give us some clues regarding the jobs summitteers are trying to get done in their task management. They are attracted to our event because they are experiencing some practical challenges.

First, it’s important to note that our average summitteer is more knowledgeable about productivity than the average person. As such, they want more than beginner-level ideas from a gathering of experts. In the outside world, there are lots of books, blogs, podcasts etc. which repeat the conventional wisdom, usually using well-worn cliches.

Instead, they want deep dives they can use to make useful changes, rather than a rehash. This puts an extra onus on us as speakers to Wow them with fresh ideas and technologies. As such, the summit is a great opportunity for you as a speaker, panelist or presenter to express yourself in ways a general audience might find difficult to appreciate.

This year’s summit theme is all about Satisfying My Craving for Progress. The core idea is that our audience wants the opportunity to grow in leaps and bounds to cope effectively with a fast-changing world. They expect to find changes in the following four areas at their finger-tips:

Behaviors Used to Manage Tasks
Flow/Deep Work/Interruptions/Distractions
Aids for Task Management (Devices, Apps, Paper, Memory, Admin Assistants)
Measurement, Tracking and Gamification

This year, we have added two specific topics of interest:

  • Getting Things Done Plus – what should fans of the David Allen book be looking to transform so they can reach higher levels of productivity and a mind like water? What are their popular sticking points in GTD?
  • Artificial Intelligence – where will this technology expand the way we manage and execute our tasks? What will the experience be like to have Ai in all corners of our life? What should we be implementing now?

Here are some ideas for topics in each of the main four areas
Behaviors Used to Manage Tasks
Where do tasks come from? How should the inflow be managed?
How does one improve the fundamentals – Capturing, Emptying Tossing, Acting Now, Storing, Scheduling Listing?
How does one overcome Time Blocking obstacles?
How do I Analyze and Fix My Workflow?
Experimenting with Improvements to Task Management
The Science of Implementing Reminders
Why Batch your Tasks? The Science Speaks
How Morning, Evening and Other Routines Work
Energy Optimization – How to Make it Work For You
Manager vs. Maker Schedule
Choosing the Right Aids for Perfect Task Recall
How List Makers Transform Themselves Into the Best Time Blockers
AI: Moving from Mere Calendaring to Auto-Scheduling
Timing the Move to Time Blocking
Work-Life Balance: Is it Really a Thing or a Big Mistake?
Adding Tasks to Your Calendar for the First Time
How well are you using GTD-style contexts?
Coaching Employees in Better Task Management

Flow/Deep Work/Interruptions/Distractions
Deep Work/Flow and Working from Home
Why handling incomplete tasks is critical before Deep Work
Should Flow be Serendipitous or Planned?
Deep Work and Alarms – Do They Need Each Other?
How to Limit Interruptions to Do Deep Work
Setting Up For Deep Work – Food, Drink, Coffee, Noise and More
How Do You Manage a Week of Flow Sessions?
Do Deep Work Sessions Need Targets?
How Should You Balance Flow and Recovery?
Pomodoros – Ways to Make Them Work
Preventing Distractions in the New Post-Covid Normal

Aids for Task Management (Devices, Apps, Paper, Memory, Admin Assistants)
Is Time Blocking Tool Agnostic?
Can paper be used for more than simple time blocking?
Choosing the Best Auto-Scheduler
Choosing the Best Manual Time Blocker
Choosing the Best Paper Planner
Choosing the Best Task Management App
Does Your Choice of Device Impact Your Task Management?
Should You Switch to an Auto-Scheduler?
Reminder Technology – Implementation Obstacles
Voice Activated Technology – Bad for Task Management?
Time Blocking on Paper – Best Practices and Principles
Should an Admin Assistant be Your Time Blocking Aid?
Outlook vs. Google Calendar? Pros and Cons for Time Blocking
How (and why) to find the best new app?


I am almost done publishing a series of 16 posts on Medium with some advanced ideas on task management you can also use as inspiration.


Hopefully, this page has give you some idea of what our summitteers are looking to do in their lives and where they need your assistance. When you have a topic sketched out, go ahead and apply to be a speaker at the summit.

Got a topic in mind? Apply to speak here. You can change the exact wording of your title later!