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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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      MnM 04-08-12
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      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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      Thomas Kyle, TX, United States 03-19-12
      Thomas Kyle, TX, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2014
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      "great book"

      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.

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      Caroline Cairns, Australia 03-19-12
      Caroline Cairns, Australia 03-19-12
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      "Motivating and practical"
      Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

      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.


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      Ros Mira Loma, CA, United States 03-14-12
      Ros Mira Loma, CA, United States 03-14-12

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      "Great information to help get worked organized."
      Would you consider the audio edition of Getting Things Done to be better than the print version?

      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.


      Would you be willing to try another book from David Allen? Why or why not?

      Yes


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

      I can listen in my car and it is nice to hear in his words.


      Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

      No


      Any additional comments?

      None

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      James West Ryde, Australia 03-06-12
      James West Ryde, Australia 03-06-12 Member Since 2011
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      "Profound as well as practical"

      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.

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      Todd Louisville, KY, United States 02-21-12
      Todd Louisville, KY, United States 02-21-12
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      "GTD helps you get the right things done"
      What insight do you think you’ll apply from Getting Things Done?

      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


      Any additional comments?

      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.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      MickeyMom Levittown, PA, United States 02-17-12
      MickeyMom Levittown, PA, United States 02-17-12
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      "Fairly obvious but a worth while listen"
      What about David Allen’s performance did you like?

      I enjoy listening to author narrated books. The author's intentions come through far more clearly.


      Any additional comments?

      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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