Seems the author was tainted by being forced to do outlines and structure when he did not want to earlier in life. He offers great tips but the perspective was built too much on the failure of former systems rather than the consideration that different systems work for different personalities.
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One of the best book on the market. If you have a problem with productivity or have too much things on your head – just buy this book… Just Do IT. I’m using modifiedd GTD system for months.
This is good to listen to if you're having trouble going to sleep. BUT the info is useful. This is the closest thing to an infallible organization system I've come across.
I listened to this book when taking on several new work tasks. It provides intelligent strategies in a well-organized format, with pleasant presentation. Best parts included tips for using time wisely even when computer is not available.
I thought it dragged on too long with too many tiny details. I just ordered the abridged edition hoping it is an easier listen.
Also, this was supposed to come with an attached PDF outline. How do I find this PDF?
I like to listen, read and get lost in a story.
I listened to this book in hopes of getting more organized since I had just started a new job and was greeted with a flood of information. This book preaches a certain methodology which requires all steps to done in order to succeed. I found it interesting to listen to all the steps/techniques but I knew most of them and I'm not ready to wholly subscribe to this process. The content was pretty good and the narration was pretty standard.
Each chapter is worth more than the price of the book! David Allen really knows what he's talking about. First system that worked for me.
Be sure to contact his web site to have them email you "Getting Things Done Enhancement.pdf" You'll want to print it out and keep it handy as you listen. Too bad it got lost in the audible.com shuffle. I also bought his $10 (Microsoft) "GTD Outlook.pdf" which is helping me get started.
The content is great, though you can get the gist of it without having to go through every detail. The narration was a bit boring for me, and came complete with some cheesy music to intro and outro the book as well. Apart form that, the system is pretty great, even if you can only pick up a few things about it - as I've done.
I give the content 5 stars easily, however I have to agree with several other reviewers that it is difficult to get the full benefit of the book in its audio form. I've been cheating using audio-books for college classes for years, and since I could grasp the differences between hot smoker and alkali vent origin of life theories in audio form, personal organization would be a snap. Not so much. The fact that the system stresses the importance of getting information out of your mind and into some physical form, the idea of absorbing it all via audio-book just doesn't cut it. Physical book is still king, at least for this title.
I like to listen to self development books on my commute to work. He has some good messages and techniques for time management and success, but I cannot get past the monotone speaking. Ten minutes in and I am fighting to keep my eyelids up and focus on the road. Yawn. I love to listen to Zig Ziglar and Brian Tracy, but this one is not for me.