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:
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"[Allen is] the personal productivity guru." (Fast Company)
Creating a system of organization, and committing to it. Because if your mind doesn't trust it. You will go back to storing things in your mind which is not what you want.
way better. david allen has been lecturing on this subject for years before and after writing the book. he really knows how to say it so you get it. and he's reading it to you!
just about everything in there. if you listen carefully, and avoid your own old bad habits like the plague, it's amazing when it works, it really works!
set the speed to 1.5 or 2x, you'll get things done even faster :)
Good idea, but I think that audio is not a good format for this. You need to be able to see the structure of it (and pictures). I ended up getting the eBook.
Listen, probably not.
A movie about organization? Um, no. :-)
I have spent most of my adult life trying to find the best ways to manage the very unorganized random synapse firings. I think some doctors call it Attention Deficit. I don't know about the Disorder as at least half of the professionals around me suffer the safe problem. What GTD brings a clear way to think about personal organization. These philosophies can guide you through any situation and toll set available to you.
David Allen has a follow up book called "Making It All Work" which is a great companion.
I generally am unimpressed with author read books. Authors have far better voices in the written form than they do in their native narrated form. What I appreciate about this book is that I have heard David Allen discuss these principles in interview form over the years and having his voice behind the reading just makes sense to my brain.
This was my first audio book and I really liked it. It is packed with information and details and need to be listnened more than once. It is not very thrilling (well filling documents and mails cannot be very thrilling anyway) but is a tool for someone who is busy and lost in mails and documents that are all about the place. It gives you a comlex methodology for dealing with all that is not very easy to follow and must be digested to master. It takes time and dedication to follow. I really liked David's voice and it kept me company during commuting to work. I had to be press myself sometimes to keep consentrated and not to miss anything and I kept many times hitting the back button on my phone to rewind and listen again. It is good for somene who wants to takle all that mess and be better.
The book has limited content and the writer seemed to fill content with needless babble.The entire message could be communicated in a 30min book.
No new revelations and ultimately just rehearing things I already know that havent worked for me.
made me stress about all the things I don't get done by constantly reminding me that I'm not getting things done.
Yes, I uploaded the accompanying PDF to Evernote so I had pictures, diagrams and illustrations at hand when I needed to. To some extent I do miss dog-ear pages for some of the stuff, but since it is possible to add digital bookmarks that would help. I just haven't got used to using them yet.
Everything is very focused on how to do things and in what order. This minimizes the risk of being overwhelmed by a systems and behaviour change like this.
Allen is great at bringing out humour and seriousness where it was supposed to be, which sometimes is harder when reading a book.
I have listened to this several times and continue to listen to it because I'm very disorganized and it is HARD work for me to change. His ideas- of simplification seem very odd at first, but as I've implemented one thing at a time, my life is getting less chaotic. Don't expect yourself to read/ listen to this one time and have it down. Its a method of organizing every area of your life. Any adult that's driven and engaged will experience trying to sort out several first priorities will be able to call this book an asset. Its a way of living with less chaos and more order without adding to the chaos to get there.
The IN box... every item gets it's own piece of paper. That was good!
I bought this book due in large part to the positive reviews. That was a mistake. The author's advice to getting organized: use a calendar to track appointments and a file cabinet to store documents. Really? If you are looking to get organized, I suggest you look elsewhere.
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