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!
While this book assumes familiarity with David Allen's productivity principles which may limit the audience, the themes inside are relevant to most people. Who doesn't want to get more done with the limited time we are given on this planet?
I listened to the entire audio and it was good, yet not great. The hardback book might be easier to follow along with vs. the audio. The material was interesting, yet I didn't care for the voice on the audio. Some of the material I have heard or read before in other books.
Tiresome and a cheat in this case. The dead tree is so far superiour that I went ahead and purchased it as the audiofile is just not enough. You barely feel you've had your apetizer when Mr. Audible is hoping you've had an enjoyable listen. David Allen's book is worth the entire experience.