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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.
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    ©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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      scott j. collister 05-07-12
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      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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      Leon North Lake, Australia 04-30-12
      Leon North Lake, Australia 04-30-12
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      "Practical, easy to use tools for home and business"
      What made the experience of listening to Getting Things Done the most enjoyable?

      David lays out simply the rules, tools, tips and systems for getting things, how to stay on top of things, how to maximise the effectiveness of your time and your productivity. Good examples. Clear, engaging storytelling.


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      Ronald ROYERSFORD, PA, United States 04-29-12
      Ronald ROYERSFORD, PA, United States 04-29-12
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      "Great Step-by-step Manual on How to GTD"
      Where does Getting Things Done rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

      This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Since it is read by the author, I felt like I was getting a personal coach for a fraction of the cost of a live coach. I do agree with another reviewer who stated that he also needed to buy the paperback version as a reference. I listened to the audiobook in my car and then read the book at home. (Since I had already listened to the text, I found I could quickly get through the reading and reviewing part at home.) Great book.


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      Keith NORCROSS, GA, United States 04-18-12
      Keith NORCROSS, GA, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2012
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      "Transformational"
      Where does Getting Things Done rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

      At the top.


      What did you like best about this story?

      Real practical application.


      What does David Allen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

      His experiences


      If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

      The same as the book. Getting Things Done


      Any additional comments?

      I'm new to the philosophy and have been applying it to my professional and personal systems for about a month. I am excited about the freedom, organization and success I've achieved.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Sven Severin Fort Collins, CO 04-17-12
      Sven Severin Fort Collins, CO 04-17-12 Member Since 2009

      Youth Worker in a Christian Religious Community a.k.a. Youth Pastor and a part-time stay-at-home dad with plenty of perfect opportunities for audiobooks.

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      "Listen again and again"
      If you could sum up Getting Things Done in three words, what would they be?

      Practical. Step-by-step. Get-going.


      What did you like best about this story?

      This is an entire approach to your entire life. That means both work and play.


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

      This approach clears out your mind so that you have bandwidth for creativity and new ideas. You don't have to be overwhelmed when people approach you with advice anymore.


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

      This is one of those books that you're going to want to listen to on your headphones while you're getting things done.


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Kirk STREETSBORO, OH, United States 04-13-12
      Kirk STREETSBORO, OH, United States 04-13-12
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      "Outstanding!"
      Would you consider the audio edition of Getting Things Done to be better than the print version?

      I never read the print version


      Who was your favorite character and why?

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      Have you listened to any of David Allen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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      What did you learn from Getting Things Done that you would use in your daily life?

      David taught me how to get things done at work and at home. I am much more effective in my Business and personal life.


      Any additional comments?

      I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to make there live more productive and get things done!

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      MnM 04-08-12
      MnM 04-08-12 Member Since 2014
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      "Good solid easy-to-follow advise"
      What made the experience of listening to Getting Things Done the most enjoyable?

      Mr. Allen has a natural voice that is easy to listen to and made the book an absolute joed to listen to.


      What did you like best about this story?

      He adds his experience as a consultant in a way that apply to anyone who works and has to organize their personal and professional lives.


      What does David Allen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

      His personality resonates and adds flavor to the book since he wrote it.


      Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

      Absolutely not. You need to listen, think about, and then go to the next set of topics.


      Any additional comments?

      This is a great book that made me immediately toss my Franklin Covey organizer and make my own so I could work more efficiently since I'm a firm believer that a

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Brandon FRANKLIN, IN, United States 04-03-12
      Brandon FRANKLIN, IN, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2013

      An avid learner and therefore, lover of non-fiction works, specifically about business, marketing and sales.

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      "Good but difficult to use well in audio form"
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      This is definitely a useful book and brilliant in its intent, but the PDF that you have access to just isn't adequate for the organizational visual you'll need as a reference. The author constantly refers to visual elements that are in the real book that you won't have and it makes fully understanding this book pretty tough. If you have both, then you have the best of both worlds and don't have to read a book, yet will have the physical form of it reference. Maybe they'll listen to this review and add some additional PDFs for reference. All and all the techniques in this book are highly useful and help anyone who doesn't want to work on a philosophy of organization just to get organized.

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      Joe United States 03-31-12
      Joe United States 03-31-12
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      Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

      probably not.


      How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

      Not sure that is possible. After reading did not feel I was moving toward getting more things done than before.


      What three words best describe David Allen’s voice?

      Calm, witty, likeable


      Do you think Getting Things Done needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

      Not really, just not a good flow


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      Joe humble, TX, United States 03-19-12
      Joe humble, TX, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2014
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      "Great material, difficult for audio"
      Where does Getting Things Done rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

      I'm an audio learner and I listen to self-development books regularly. I would say the material in this book is fantastic if a bit difficult to absorb in audio version. I have yet to acquire the written format but intend to for the purposes of better grasping all the content.


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