I have spent most of my adult life trying to find the best ways to manage the very unorganized random synapse firings. I think some doctors call it Attention Deficit. I don't know about the Disorder as at least half of the professionals around me suffer the safe problem. What GTD brings a clear way to think about personal organization. These philosophies can guide you through any situation and toll set available to you.
David Allen has a follow up book called "Making It All Work" which is a great companion.
I generally am unimpressed with author read books. Authors have far better voices in the written form than they do in their native narrated form. What I appreciate about this book is that I have heard David Allen discuss these principles in interview form over the years and having his voice behind the reading just makes sense to my brain.
This was my first audio book and I really liked it. It is packed with information and details and need to be listnened more than once. It is not very thrilling (well filling documents and mails cannot be very thrilling anyway) but is a tool for someone who is busy and lost in mails and documents that are all about the place. It gives you a comlex methodology for dealing with all that is not very easy to follow and must be digested to master. It takes time and dedication to follow. I really liked David's voice and it kept me company during commuting to work. I had to be press myself sometimes to keep consentrated and not to miss anything and I kept many times hitting the back button on my phone to rewind and listen again. It is good for somene who wants to takle all that mess and be better.
The book has limited content and the writer seemed to fill content with needless babble.The entire message could be communicated in a 30min book.
No new revelations and ultimately just rehearing things I already know that havent worked for me.
made me stress about all the things I don't get done by constantly reminding me that I'm not getting things done.
Yes, I uploaded the accompanying PDF to Evernote so I had pictures, diagrams and illustrations at hand when I needed to. To some extent I do miss dog-ear pages for some of the stuff, but since it is possible to add digital bookmarks that would help. I just haven't got used to using them yet.
Everything is very focused on how to do things and in what order. This minimizes the risk of being overwhelmed by a systems and behaviour change like this.
Allen is great at bringing out humour and seriousness where it was supposed to be, which sometimes is harder when reading a book.
I have listened to this several times and continue to listen to it because I'm very disorganized and it is HARD work for me to change. His ideas- of simplification seem very odd at first, but as I've implemented one thing at a time, my life is getting less chaotic. Don't expect yourself to read/ listen to this one time and have it down. Its a method of organizing every area of your life. Any adult that's driven and engaged will experience trying to sort out several first priorities will be able to call this book an asset. Its a way of living with less chaos and more order without adding to the chaos to get there.
The IN box... every item gets it's own piece of paper. That was good!
I bought this book due in large part to the positive reviews. That was a mistake. The author's advice to getting organized: use a calendar to track appointments and a file cabinet to store documents. Really? If you are looking to get organized, I suggest you look elsewhere.
David lays out simply the rules, tools, tips and systems for getting things, how to stay on top of things, how to maximise the effectiveness of your time and your productivity. Good examples. Clear, engaging storytelling.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Since it is read by the author, I felt like I was getting a personal coach for a fraction of the cost of a live coach. I do agree with another reviewer who stated that he also needed to buy the paperback version as a reference. I listened to the audiobook in my car and then read the book at home. (Since I had already listened to the text, I found I could quickly get through the reading and reviewing part at home.) Great book.
At the top.
Real practical application.
The same as the book. Getting Things Done
I'm new to the philosophy and have been applying it to my professional and personal systems for about a month. I am excited about the freedom, organization and success I've achieved.