I've read the book a few years ago and intended to get this audiobook as a refresher, or should I say, to sharpen my saw. I find it interesting how I've missed out on some of the important points in the book. The print version carries plenty of life learning experiences, both from his own and from others. This audiobook carries with it a good concised lot of those experiences.
The piano musical pieces that fill gaps (that allow listeners to write things down) are a little annoying. Imagine listening through that while driving, even if it's 10 seconds. But, that's just me.
Other than that, I find this a pretty darn good abridged version, that is highly suitable to anyone who wish to renew their efforts to become more effective. As for the first-timers of The 7 Habits, I'd say, try the un-abridged version. You can't be efficient and effective at the same time. Read the book, or listen to the unabridged version, and you'll know what I mean.
Being fairly organized myself, I think getting things done works at the minute details of how to organize your life in order to get things done. If you like to have someone babysit you through that process, then listen carefully to this book.
I think it's a fairly straightforward book, little in this book that have I not heard of before nor have I not figured out by myself. I'm bummed out that it's really no magic to Getting Things Done.
When he spoke about the 31 physical file folder system, I couldn't believe it. It's so impractical! We're in the digital age, not paper filing age. But I do like his emphasis on forcing ourselves to consolidate our organizational techniques to one centralized place. Leads me to think that I really do need a Treo handheld PDA phone.
There's really no one way to be successfully organized and getting things done. It's merely innate in any one of us and to break our habits of focusing on low priority easy fix things requires a book like 7 Habits or something. If you've read 7 Habits, it's good enough to lead you into a more organized life.
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