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)
Mr. Allen has a natural voice that is easy to listen to and made the book an absolute joed to listen to.
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.
His personality resonates and adds flavor to the book since he wrote it.
Absolutely not. You need to listen, think about, and then go to the next set of topics.
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
An avid learner and therefore, lover of non-fiction works, specifically about business, marketing and sales.
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.
Not sure that is possible. After reading did not feel I was moving toward getting more things done than before.
Calm, witty, likeable
Not really, just not a good flow
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.
I recommend this book for people who have a hard time keeping on track. If you are productive and find yourself distracted often. this is the book for you.
I have listened to this book twice, each time getting a bit more out of it. I have gained lots of practical ideas that can easily be put into practice one at a time or all at once, and am using these in my personal life and at work.I feel motivated to get myself more organised because I have practical ways of managing the faults in my old system, and it does work.
I think that both are good. For my busy lifestyle, it is good for me to listen to the audio for the process and to follow it up later to review the book. It saves me time from having to read the book and I can reference the images that he refers to and get a better picture.
I can listen in my car and it is nice to hear in his words.
I found this book to be very practical at the day-to-day level, but also surprisingly profound. David Allen has really hit on something with his idea that the mind cannot fully focus on the task at hand if it is also trying to keep track of the other tasks which need to be done. Allen describes this state of full focus as the "mind like water" of martial artists, but it might also be likened to the state of "flow" as described by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi or the one-pointed mindfulness advocated by eastern religions. Thus while the system is explicitly concerned with staying on top of the minutia of life, it is also much deeper. An interesting article explaining why the system works based on theories of cognitive science is: Heylighen, Francis, and Clement Vidal. 2008. Getting Things Done: The Science behind Stress-Free Productivity. Long Range Planning 41, no. 6: 585-605. which can be downloaded on the web.
The idea that your brain should be free of all the mindless crap that most of our brains are filled with is incredibly powerful. Getting all of your
If you're overwhelmed by how much you have to do and how much stuff you have and feel like you're always spinning your wheels, give GTD a try. It's life-changing.
I enjoy listening to author narrated books. The author's intentions come through far more clearly.
While this book is designed for executives, there are only a few things I can't use. Very much worth my time and effort. Clearing my mind's 'RAM' has already helped!
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