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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity | [David Allen]

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.
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Publisher's Summary

In today's world of exponentially increased communication and responsibility, yesterday's methods for staying on top just don't work. Veteran management consultant and trainer David Allen recognizes that "time management" is useless the minute your schedule is interrupted; "setting priorities" isn't relevant when your e-mail is down; "procrastination solutions" won't help if your goals aren't clear.

Allen's premise is simple: our ability to be productive is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve stress-free productivity and unleash our creative potential. He teaches us how to:

  • Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box empty.
  • Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations.
  • Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed.
  • Feel fine about what you're not doing.

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
    Download the accompanying reference guide.

    ©2002 David Allen, All Rights Reserved; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster Inc., SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc.

  • What the Critics Say

    "[Allen is] the personal productivity guru." (Fast Company)

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      Marie 02-06-12
      Marie 02-06-12

      I'm a teacher overseas. I listen because its nice to hear your native language without music or pictures.

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      Would you consider the audio edition of Getting Things Done to be better than the print version?

      Yes because I wouldn't have picked it up to read it, but the PDF with really helped too.


      What was one of the most memorable moments of Getting Things Done?

      David Allen's explanation of how our brains plan naturally.


      Any additional comments?

      Great stuff, even though I am not good at it, it has helped me procrastinate less.

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      jared mesa, AZ, United States 01-30-12
      jared mesa, AZ, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2014
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      "Take ACTION to change your life"
      Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

      Yes, By following the principles in this book and follow each step that has been clearly laid out for you, it can be life altering. These principles have been put to the test by top executives across the country and all types of organizations. If it works for them it will work for you so long and you DO IT.


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      David 01-30-12
      David 01-30-12 Member Since 2010
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      "Amazing Methods, Ready to Implement"
      If you could sum up Getting Things Done in three words, what would they be?

      Amazing book. Can't wait to implement these methods. May need one more quick listen of the chapters specific to setting up this system. I will use the 1 1/2x or 2x read rate to get through it faster.

      I think this system really could work. Fingers crossed.


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      A Social Circle, GA, United States 01-21-12
      A Social Circle, GA, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2010
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      "Great for getting yourself organized"
      Would you listen to Getting Things Done again? Why?

      Yes, in fact I already have a couple of times.


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      N/a


      Which character – as performed by David Allen – was your favorite?

      The guy who freaks out over his tax form to the extent that he figures that he'll go to jail


      Any additional comments?

      The main reason I like this book is that he forces you to deal with every bit of

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      J. Levings Silver Spring, MD, USA 01-16-12
      J. Levings Silver Spring, MD, USA 01-16-12 Member Since 2013
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      "Best Productivity Books Out There"

      Short and to the point. The techniques that David Allen discusses in this book are lifesavers when it comes to getting your professional & personal life organized.

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      Zachary SMYRNA, TN, United States 01-16-12
      Zachary SMYRNA, TN, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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      "Tremendously helpful"
      What made the experience of listening to Getting Things Done the most enjoyable?

      David brought to the table some excellent information that worked me through some areas of organization that I was trying to achieve but just didn't have the time to research, explore and try/fail. This was a breath of fresh air that launched me to the next level of organization. The stress of having all our stuff stored in our head


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      Jerry L. Tomasek 12-27-11 Listener Since 2009

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      Is there anything you would change about this book?

      the narrator, dry and monotone.


      What was one of the most memorable moments of Getting Things Done?

      the tips on getting organized.


      Did Getting Things Done inspire you to do anything?

      Yes get organized.


      Any additional comments?

      good book, helped me a lot.

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      Travis Santa Barbara, CA, United States 12-26-11
      Travis Santa Barbara, CA, United States 12-26-11

      Audible has saved my life! I have an hour and a half commute to LA twice a week and listening to these books helps me stay awake and enjoy the time.

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      "couldn't finish due to pure boredom!"
      What disappointed you about Getting Things Done?

      Unoriginal ideas plague this audiobook. I would not suggest this to anyone. Please don't purchase this.


      Would you ever listen to anything by David Allen again?

      No way


      Would you be willing to try another one of David Allen’s performances?

      Nope


      What character would you cut from Getting Things Done?

      David Allen


      Any additional comments?

      Not worth the money

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Nicholas Australia 12-20-11
      Nicholas Australia 12-20-11
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      "Changed my life!"
      What made the experience of listening to Getting Things Done the most enjoyable?

      The ideas are inspiring, well thought out, delivered with passion and confidence and just make sense.


      What was one of the most memorable moments of Getting Things Done?

      Being so excited at the prospect of organising my systems and looking forward to getting home and dragging all my stuff that was not in the right place into a big pile - a job that would previously have been horrible to think about.


      What about David Allen’s performance did you like?

      Passion, confidence, obvious years of experience with considered and thoroughly tested suggestions and methods.


      Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

      It made me excited and energised!


      Any additional comments?

      Really made a huge difference for me in my life and I don't usually make grand comments like that.

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      Warren Los Alamos, NM, United States 12-19-11
      Warren Los Alamos, NM, United States 12-19-11
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      "Best book I've ever read on personal productivity"
      If you could sum up Getting Things Done in three words, what would they be?

      Insightful, clear, implementable


      What did you like best about this story?

      The two core ideas from this book which resonated with me are:
      1) That all our


      What insight do you think you’ll apply from Getting Things Done?

      This book is completely changing my life. I have always felt completely disorganized, but now, as I begin to implement David's system, I can see how I can be more organized, aware, and most important, much less anxious an more present in the moment in both my work and home life.


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