David Allen – Getting Things Done

In today’s world of exponentially increased communication and responsibility, yesterday’s methods for staying on top just don’t work. Veteran management consultant and trainer David Allen recognizes that “time management” is useless the minute your schedule is interrupted; “setting priorities” isn’t relevant when your e-mail is down; “procrastination solutions” won’t help if your goals aren’t clear.

Allen’s premise is simple: our ability to be productive is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve stress-free productivity and unleash our creative potential. He teaches us how to:

Apply the “do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it” rule to get your in-box empty.

Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations.

Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed.

Feel fine about what you’re not doing.

From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work – and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen’s entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

Author: David Allen
Narrator: David Allen
Duration: 2 hours 47 minutes
Released: 2 Apr 2001
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Language: English

User Review:

glen laconic

If you have no organizing system (franklin, palm, etc.)this book is great. It will help you to be more productive. If you already have a system such as a Franklin Planner then it’s ok. This guy has taken A LOT from the Franklin-Covey system and tried to spin it. Personally, I like the Franklin System better becuase I am on the road 5 days a week and the Franklin system is mobile. Getting Things Done can help if you work in an office.
I did take away several ideas from this book and combined them with my system. One of the most important was to write everything down that needs to be done. No matter how trivial it may seem. This includes items you need at the grcoery store, websites you want to visit, or researching a vacation. Allen explains that once it is on paper, it moves out of your brain and frees up space so you don’t have recurring thoughts all day about the “stuff” that needs to be done or the stuff that you want to do.
If you are hopelessly unorganized, this book will be a godsend for you. But if you really want to get organized, spend the extra cash and get the Franklin system.