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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.

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    "[Allen is] the personal productivity guru." (Fast Company)

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      Warren Columbia, NJ, USA 03-06-09
      Warren Columbia, NJ, USA 03-06-09
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      "I tamed the email beast!!"

      My new boss lauded the "project based" approach of this author so I started listening on the way to work. What a difference. Previously, I had emails trailing down for pages and pages. After using the suggestions for three different buckets, I'm back on top of it. My next task is to tame the paper beast and get it working for me.

      6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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      Sfds Fjklj Oak Creek, WI United States 08-05-08
      Sfds Fjklj Oak Creek, WI United States 08-05-08 Member Since 2008

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      "Great method, boring listen"

      I am a big believer in GTD. However, listening to this on a 600 mile trip nearly caused an accident. It is so boring without the illustrations, that I nearly drove off the road. Get the abridged version or buy it in paperback.

      13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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      Ed Boise, ID, USA 04-11-08
      Ed Boise, ID, USA 04-11-08
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      "Good but talks annoying at times"

      I actually liked the book overall because it gives you a nice structure about how to organize and how organization should fit into your life. Being an absolute slob, this worked for me and I've made several improvements in my business because of the methods he teaches. But when he drones on about staplers or about the hidden value of manila folders, man, not even No-Doze can fight that siren call. Again, good, but there are some potholes to skip.

      27 of 30 people found this review helpful
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      Andrew 01-16-10
      Andrew 01-16-10 Member Since 2007

      SciFi and Business Productivity

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      "Excellent Information"

      This is not really a motivational book. It is practical and usable information for organizing and processing the mental clutter for your corporate and home life. Some of it feels outdated since it was written in 2002 and focuses heavily on the world of paper files, email, and mentions older programs. But, he is pretty clear though that you need to use the system that you'll actually use. I manage nicely with an iPhone and the 2Do app with minimal paper (though he did convince me to set up and use my file drawer anyway.) The base information is timeless and easily applied to modern programs.

      Like many books of this nature it has about 5 minutes of principles and spends hours explaining how and why to apply it. Don't be discouraged by this. It takes about halfway through the book to figure out that having a simple and usable method for organizing your life is far better than the way that most of us wing it or rush from fire to fire. I've been applying this and it's started to lift the crushing weight of my to do list and let me focus on being productive.

      Also check out the gtdtimes website for lots of free info.

      5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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      "Great Book"

      I read David Allen's book and then got the audiobook. I have been using the Getting Things Done (GTD) system for the last year and it has done exactly as advertised. I am more in control of my tasks and my stress has been reduced.

      4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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      J. D. Mosley-Matchett USA 01-17-08 Member Since 2007

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      "Excellent book!"

      I first noticed this book while standing in line to board a plane. I asked the guy, "Is it any good?" He looked me dead in the eye and gave an emphatic, "Oh yeah." I have to agree. It really is a "MUST READ" book for anyone serious about communicating ideas.

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      Kristi Wylie, TX, United States 06-19-08
      Kristi Wylie, TX, United States 06-19-08 Member Since 2007
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      "Should be required reading for life"

      Content covers the gap between I know I should be more organized and stuff actually getting done. A must how to book for those who know they should but don't know exactly in detail how to make it happen. He also gives ways to measure your progress that assure you aren't just doing frustrating busy work. This book should be required reading for life.

      6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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      John Chamblee, GA, United States 09-01-13
      John Chamblee, GA, United States 09-01-13

      I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.

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      "Helps Get Rid of the Clutter"

      This book has been out a long time, and there is not a lot that I can add to other reviews. It presents a straight-forward method for eliminating the clutter, interruptions, and mindless thinking that plague so many of us in the modern world.

      The book is a little dated, but the principles are timeless, do not let that be a deterrent to reading it. However, if Mr. Allen wanted to do a revised version with a focus more on email and current tools for implementing the system, it would be welcome.

      This book is all about process and it has a lot of lists and tools, so it would probably be a good idea to buy an electronic or hard copy print version with it.

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      Eric SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 08-01-12
      Eric SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 08-01-12
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      "Great!"
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      This book basically covers a system, or series of systems a person could use to organize and complete tasks. It shows you how to create lists of everything that you have to do, and figure out which is the most important thing to come next.

      I think the best part of the book is that it teaches you to write things down when you realize you have to do them, so that you aren't wasting mental energy thinking about them. You also have to develop a habit of going back to your list and going "what's next?" when you have free time to do it, but otherwise you don't find yourself every trying to remember things or forgetting things, so you are free to focus completely on what you are doing.

      It's also pretty complex, as the system has to be adjusted for different types of work and lifestyles, but he sortof explains it as someone who has tried everything with different people and has seen what works for them.

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Michelle Dickson, Australia 05-13-12
      Michelle Dickson, Australia 05-13-12 Member Since 2009
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      "Hard to get into as an audiobook"

      I listen to audiobooks as I'm driving to and from work. I usually find them easy to get into (whether they are fiction or non-fiction) and quite absorbing. I tried several times to listen to this book, but constantly found myself drifting off and thinking about other things. Maybe the paper version would have be different, but this is the first book I've bought from Audible that I have never finished.

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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