I'm an audio learner and I listen to self-development books regularly. I would say the material in this book is fantastic if a bit difficult to absorb in audio version. I have yet to acquire the written format but intend to for the purposes of better grasping all the content.
I recommend this book for people who have a hard time keeping on track. If you are productive and find yourself distracted often. this is the book for you.
I have listened to this book twice, each time getting a bit more out of it. I have gained lots of practical ideas that can easily be put into practice one at a time or all at once, and am using these in my personal life and at work.I feel motivated to get myself more organised because I have practical ways of managing the faults in my old system, and it does work.
I think that both are good. For my busy lifestyle, it is good for me to listen to the audio for the process and to follow it up later to review the book. It saves me time from having to read the book and I can reference the images that he refers to and get a better picture.
I can listen in my car and it is nice to hear in his words.
I found this book to be very practical at the day-to-day level, but also surprisingly profound. David Allen has really hit on something with his idea that the mind cannot fully focus on the task at hand if it is also trying to keep track of the other tasks which need to be done. Allen describes this state of full focus as the "mind like water" of martial artists, but it might also be likened to the state of "flow" as described by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi or the one-pointed mindfulness advocated by eastern religions. Thus while the system is explicitly concerned with staying on top of the minutia of life, it is also much deeper. An interesting article explaining why the system works based on theories of cognitive science is: Heylighen, Francis, and Clement Vidal. 2008. Getting Things Done: The Science behind Stress-Free Productivity. Long Range Planning 41, no. 6: 585-605. which can be downloaded on the web.
The idea that your brain should be free of all the mindless crap that most of our brains are filled with is incredibly powerful. Getting all of your
If you're overwhelmed by how much you have to do and how much stuff you have and feel like you're always spinning your wheels, give GTD a try. It's life-changing.
I enjoy listening to author narrated books. The author's intentions come through far more clearly.
While this book is designed for executives, there are only a few things I can't use. Very much worth my time and effort. Clearing my mind's 'RAM' has already helped!
This is tough content to convey / present audibly and the narrator author does a reasonable job. There are stretches where so much information is being presented that one should be seated at a desk and taking notes. The PDF attachments help.
In general, this is an area that audible books could stand to improve. Why not include as part of the audio file supporting images and text that could be linked in the 'now playing' window in the Audible player? Devices could easily manage a few more megs of information.
Anyone who considers themselves to be unorganized or frequently overwhelmed by tasks.
I'm a teacher overseas. I listen because its nice to hear your native language without music or pictures.
Yes because I wouldn't have picked it up to read it, but the PDF with really helped too.
David Allen's explanation of how our brains plan naturally.
Great stuff, even though I am not good at it, it has helped me procrastinate less.
Yes, By following the principles in this book and follow each step that has been clearly laid out for you, it can be life altering. These principles have been put to the test by top executives across the country and all types of organizations. If it works for them it will work for you so long and you DO IT.