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.
I agree with an earlier reviewer. It would have been better to read this book rather than listen to it. Then, you could stop and highlight sections, or re-read, where you'd like to implement the author's suggestions. I don't like trying to rewind and find just the right spot (it's just not that easy on my device).
I think I have read or listened to many of the popular time and space organizing books and while often pulling something useful from them this is the first one that has seemed to stick with me. He provides the best integration of principals, techniques (with enough flexibility to suit one???s circumstance and preference), and work space. As some others have commented, get the unabridged edition (I don???t know what the abridged edition is like but I cannot imagine leaving anything out). It may be helpful to also get the book (or e-book on Kindle or Nook). I usually listen to Audible material while driving or at the gym, where I can???t take notes (this ???listen??? makes you want to take notes) and it was handy to review key concepts of a section when I was able to sit down and look at a hard copy. I just discovered that the book???s charts are downloadable (PDF) from ???My Library??? on Audible ??? don???t forget those!
I also enjoyed the author doing the narration. As has been mentioned it was like having the coach right there at your side. His principals and techniques aren???t just for work but apply as effectively to personal activities and community involvement. I???m spending much less of my off duty time trying to get caught up and reorganized and as a result I???m less stressed and get more accomplished while I???m at work or on a project.
Things started off well, but around the halfway point when he went into concrete examples of how to get organized he lost me. Although he makes some passing mention of modern tools such as PDA's (but not smartphones) and MS Outlook, he spends a LOT of time talking about paper-based filing and labeling as well as the use of old fashioned note-taking. Who the heck needs to buy a Brother label maker nowadays? Why should I use a legal pad for day-to-day planning? Apparently he still sees such things as indispensable for someone wanting to get organized. He seriously needs to update this book if he wants his message to stay relevant.
It is the first time I am not able to finish and audible book. It was just too boring. This book makes management of time a nightmare! It is way to complicated for nothing. If you are looking for a good book on time management, go with the author Brian Tracy.
I love to read bout I don't make the time for it, so I am a bad lover ;)
the book is good help and I am using it now,
it need a fast flow chart on how to Do it from the start to the end