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)
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.
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.
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.
At the top.
Real practical application.
The same as the book. Getting Things Done
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.
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.
Practical. Step-by-step. Get-going.
This is an entire approach to your entire life. That means both work and play.
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.
This is one of those books that you're going to want to listen to on your headphones while you're getting things done.
I never read the print version
David taught me how to get things done at work and at home. I am much more effective in my Business and personal life.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to make there live more productive and get things done!
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