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!
This book is no way on the same level as the previous book, Getting Things Done. This seems to be a collection of blog posts from David Allen compiled into a book. Waste of time.
Promising clarity, challenging.
David Allen could have presented this new and refreshing approach to time management using examples of clients and company executives who have engaged his expertise. However, he has chosen to honestly and openly share his own experiences in an practical and engaging way to explain how we can get trapped by what at times seem like overwhelming workloads and expectations, or dreary and uninteresting tasks whether they be in work or personal life. While explaining the causes and solutions to these issues - building in capacity to cope with the additional ever expanding possibilities for using one's time and being better prepared to cope with life's unexpected circumstances, David Allen also gives candid illustrations of his own life experiences and how much better he has been able to manage using his well researched philosophy and approach to what I think might have once been termed 'effective time management'.
As David is reading his own book, the experience for me was like sitting in on a live presentation of a person who had something well researched and very special to share with anyone who was interested in managing their many life demands more effectively. In a way, I got the impression that David was on a journey of self discovery and exploring approaches to self fulfillment which I would not have appreciated as much if I had read the book and focused on understanding and applying the approach which he is expounding.
I found the ideas and strategies so well explained and promising of their effectiveness that I am starting to use David Allen's management approach to my personal life and work life tasks, to sort, order, prioritise, resource, execute and evaluate on a regular fortnightly basis. David suggests it can take from one to two years to fully integrate his work/life management strategies and philosophy into one's modus operandi, but already after only 6 weeks, I am discovering benefits of applying his approach and feeling better able to accommodate requests, to undertake extra tasks and to respond to additional creative opportunities when they arise.
A good book for people who are feeling overwhelmed with the tasks they want to complete or creative opportunities they would like to take up, if they only had the time!