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Author and productivity consultant David Allen was born on December 28, 1945. He attended New College in Sarasota, Florida. He is the founder and chairman of the David Allen Company, which is a management consulting, coaching, and training company. He wrote three books: Getting Things Done: The Art show more of Stress-Free Productivity; Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life; and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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A very inspiring and doable approach to personal productivity.
We all have open loops - things that we think we need to do something about. We spend our brain's energy trying to remember them and feel guilt about committing to them and not doing them. The proposed solution in the book looks something like that:
- write all open loops down
- review them
- give them structure (project, context and next action)
- manage your commitment to them (i will do it soon, someday, maybe)
- look at them at the right time by having a list of things to do in a specific context (ex. at home)
- review them weekly and daily
- do them

And all that workflow leads to relief, productivity and more energy.

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I am trying this system for myself and i can say that the initial writing down of all open loops was a very exciting thing that had it stress relieving effect!
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rubyman | 186 other reviews | Feb 21, 2024 |
Excellent resource for organizing a fast-paced, busy life. Implementation of only one or two of the dozens of ideas is VERY helpful.
 
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dlinnen | 186 other reviews | Feb 3, 2024 |
Working through this process has already made significant changes in my productivity and confidence in tackling projects at home and work. Focus is on organizing everything in your life into actionable tasks, so things don't constantly occupy your mind. The author believes this leads to less stress. Check back in a couple years, and I will let you know if I have kept to the grindstone and found less stressed.
 
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