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Getting things done : the art of stress-free productivity (2001)

by David Allen

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I think the system that David Allen teaches, GTD, is very good and sounds tight and operationally very do-able. It's just a matter of implementation. I started out with a hardcover black notebook with tabs for some of the categories he mentions in this book, and so far, the system of getting things down (or in an "inbox" as it's explained in the book) and breaking things down into little actionable steps has been invaluable in moving forward in a few of our looming, delayed projects (sort office, transfer electronic files....). There are some parts of the system which are harder to implement: the last few chapters about the view from 5000, 10000 feet, etc, were a bit more mysterious than immediately applicable, but even so, I think that once one is able to break things down and apply the principles in the book, it is possible to have a very organized, ordered lifestyle for both work and home. ( )
  cjazzlee | Nov 13, 2015 |
This book was set as homework - sort of. After CGP Grey and Brady Haran decided to discuss this book on their podcast Hello Internet, they urged the audience to read the book. Allen's book is a classic in self-organisation, and I can see why: the book has a very sensible message. In order to get things done, you need to organise your In-Tray(s) and write down things in an actionable way (not "Laundry" but "Put Laundry in Washing Machine"). However, the way in which this message is brought to the reader is less than stellar. It is a conglomerate of long, redundant paragraphs, and thus very tiresome to read. Also, a revised 2015 edition should contain more in the way of advice how to deal with the ubiquity of digital in-trays (Email inboxes, smartphone push notifications, etc) in order to be a truly relevant book on Getting Things Done. ( )
  historytoby | Nov 10, 2015 |
Every leader I talk to wishes they had more time to devote to the good work that comes across their desk. One of the challenges of the modern workplace is identifying and executing the most important tasks before us on a given day.

First published in 2002, Getting Things Done offers a simple method for clearing our to-do lists and getting tasks completed.

Allen’s basic thesis is that our brains are horrible places to store reminders and task lists. We need to get that information out of our heads and into systems that will give it back to us when and where we need it.

One of the things I love about GTD is that it’s tool-agnostic. You can implement Allen’s system on Windows, iOS, Linus, Android, or paper and pencil; the tech isn't as important as the process.

I also love GTD because you can benefit from implementing even a little bit of the system. It’s not all-or-nothing; putting just 10% of the method into practice will generate results, meaning that it’s OK to “ease into” Allen’s suggestions over time. ( )
  sullijo | Jun 25, 2015 |
It changed my life ( )
  HumbleOpinion | Jun 24, 2015 |
Great book to centralize your goals. ( )
  antoxnio | Jun 21, 2015 |
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It is simply the best personal productivity book I’ve ever read, and there’s material in this book that can apply to anyone’s life, whether you’re a manager or a writer or a professional or a stay-at-home parent.
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With first-chapter allusions to martial arts, "flow," "mind like water," and other concepts borrowed from the East (and usually mangled), you'd almost think this self-helper from David Allen should have been called Zen and the Art of Schedule Maintenance.

Not quite. Yes, Getting Things Done offers a complete system for downloading all those free-floating gotta-do's clogging your brain into a sophisticated framework of files and action lists--all purportedly to free your mind to focus on whatever you're working on. However, it still operates from the decidedly Western notion that if we could just get really, really organized, we could turn ourselves into 24/7 productivity machines. (To wit, Allen, whom the New Economy bible Fast Company has dubbed "the personal productivity guru," suggests that instead of meditating on crouching tigers and hidden dragons while you wait for a plane, you should unsheathe that high-tech saber known as the cell phone and attack that list of calls you need to return.)

As whole-life-organizing systems go, Allen's is pretty good, even fun and therapeutic. It starts with the exhortation to take every unaccounted-for scrap of paper in your workstation that you can't junk, The next step is to write down every unaccounted-for gotta-do cramming your head onto its own scrap of paper. Finally, throw the whole stew into a giant "in-basket"

That's where the processing and prioritizing begin; in Allen's system, it get a little convoluted at times, rife as it is with fancy terms, subterms, and sub-subterms for even the simplest concepts. Thank goodness the spine of his system is captured on a straightforward, one-page flowchart that you can pin over your desk and repeatedly consult without having to refer back to the book. That alone is worth the purchase price. Also of value is Allen's ingenious Two-Minute Rule: if there's anything you absolutely must do that you can do right now in two minutes or less, then do it now, thus freeing up your time and mind tenfold over the long term. It's commonsense advice so obvious that most of us completely overlook it, much to our detriment; Allen excels at dispensing such wisdom in this useful, if somewhat belabored, self-improver aimed at everyone from CEOs to soccer moms (who we all know are more organized than most CEOs to start with). --Timothy Murphy

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Veteran coach and management consultant Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to thousands. He shows how to assess goals, relax, and stay focused.

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