This book is a collection of essays written about the principles behind David Allen's personal organization system. It's worth going into them but the listener should probably listen to his other book "Getting Things Done" before listening to this one.
"Ready for Anything" in audio form is the ideal addition for paper version "Getting Things Done". First read "Getting Things Done" and then find additional motivation by listening "Ready for Anything". You will not find anything new here, but it will strengthen your actions toward cleaning up your life.
It's probably helpful to first listen to Allen's other title, "Getting Things Done," which puts this in context, but "Ready for Anything" is excellent. Allen explores workflow management principles that go beyond simply being more organized and therefore more productive -- he applies these principles to personal/professional effectiveness.
Ready For Anything is more philosophical in nature. While less of a "how to" listen, Ready For Anything reminds us why we want to be organized and productive. Getting Things Done provided some great tips and ideas that I've been able to put into place, but Ready For Anything inspires me keep up the effort. If you love this stuff as much as I do, check out David Allen's website at davidco.com.
I've listened to David Allen's books several times and I'll continue to buy whatever he publishes. I've read the other reviews and I agree that there is an overlap of information in the two books. That is normal and logical - text books are the same way. There are enough new ideas and/or unique ways of stating his points to motivate me again and anew! Maybe it depends on where you're starting from ~ if you get up and exercise before you go to work or you can't go to bed with dishes in your sink, then maybe one book would give you enough ideas and tactics for a great jumpstart. If you wish you had a clean glass in the house, you might want both books! :) Also, these are NOT books about housework. The examples given are all varied from the business world to family life, but I apply the principles to my own personal cross to bear!!
Dry and I had difficulty finishing it (still have to). But, I like David Allen as far as self development and personal efficiency go. Getting Things Done which I have in hardcover is more to the point and contains actionable recommendations. Personally for this sort of book I prefer hardcover.
This more informal and less-technical follow-up to Getting Things Done is aimed at people who've read the first book, and could use some more inspiration and thinking around the topic. As a big fan of GTD, I found this hugely enjoyable and inspiring, and would strongly recommend it.
I am a GTD / David Allen fan so I had to listen to this, and it was also great. This book is more philosophical (than his 2 other books), and he lets us as listeners in to his value system a fare bit. Which I resonated with.
My favorite part was about the subject of the seeming problem of: BEING VS DOING. Which I have personally been wrestling with for some time. With me implementing GTD and hearing what he says in this book, that issue has been mostly solved. A Great read/ listen!
While the original GTD-book was dedicated to give a detailed description of the technology, this book will enable you to feel and see what is behind scenes of the model. I especially like the conception of this book as a list of principles followed by interesting explanations.
If you like me and you want to know the underlying principles of GTD approach, you'll like this book. Also, this book was read by the author and this is great!
The whole book is geared toward convincing you to apply his system that is described in his previous book. I did not learn anything new from this one.
no. I would recommend to just go ahead and buy his "getting things done" book. This one won't add anything to your productivity.