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Making It All Work | [David Allen]

Making It All Work

From the author of the million-copy best seller Getting Things Done, comes a new title that will change your life.
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From the author of the million-copy best seller Getting Things Done, comes a new title that will change your life.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2008 David Allen; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Kevin Calgary, Alberta, Canada 04-10-09
    Kevin Calgary, Alberta, Canada 04-10-09 Member Since 2005
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    "An inspiring and essential look at GTD"

    This is a fantastic and inspiring book.

    First I'll get the quibbles out of the way. While this version is "unabridged", it does not include the start-of-chapter quotes from the hardcover version. There aren't many of them, and their absense doesn't affect the material in any way, but I loved the quotes and wished they had been included in the audio version. Also, if you find the first chapter or two slow-going or tedious, keep listening it does get much better.

    If you are new to David Allen's work and have not yet read (or listened to) "Getting Things Done", then you really should begin with that book and come back to this one later, after you've been working with his methods for a while.

    However, if you're already using the GTD system then this book is an incredible follow-up to the first one and an absolute must-read to take your use of GTD to a new level. It explains and clarifies many of the concepts that I found most difficult to understand in the first book (horizons of focus, for example), and it delves into how the GTD system can be used to help you get perspective on your life and tie your deepest values and life vision to your everyday tasks.

    It is narrated by David himself and he does a great job - there's just nothing like hearing an author's words in the author's own voice, especially when he's a good speaker.

    What can I say people, if you're a GTD-er there is no better use of a credit than this.

    45 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Scott souix falls, SD, USA 01-02-10
    Scott souix falls, SD, USA 01-02-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Order Getting Things Done, not Making It All Work"

    Admittedly, I am a big fan of David Allen's techniques for improving one's productivity/sanity. However, David Allen is trying to stretch his concepts into more marketing $ money with this latest release. If you choose this book as an intro to the GTD method, it would lack the practical depth as his orginal "Getting Things Done" book. If you are already a student of the GTD method, I doubt you would find anything materially different here. Instead, choose to re-read "Getting Things Done". Sorry so harsh. On the contrary, "Getting Things Done" is brilliant...so there, I'm even.

    28 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    William Midlothian, VA, United States 06-06-09
    William Midlothian, VA, United States 06-06-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved it"

    Simple, effective, and even fun at times to apply these intensely practical lessons in my everyday life. As good as "Getting Things Done." Will probably listen to it again next year for a refresher!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mack Naperville, IL, USA 04-26-10
    Mack Naperville, IL, USA 04-26-10
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    "Wonderful"

    I am a big fan of David Allen's Getting Things Done and this book, Making It All Work, extends those concepts to a new level. The author does a nice job reading the book and is more clear in this work on how to apply the GTD concepts in practice. I have found his insights very useful in reducing my stress at work, but would suggest reading Getting Things Done first.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Fox Santa Rosa, CA 03-04-13
    Christopher Fox Santa Rosa, CA 03-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointing after loving GTD so much"

    Let me lead by saying that Getting Things Done completely transformed my life. I've used it's principles heavily over the last two years and have accomplished so much I never thought possible.

    Making it All Work, on the other hand, simply rehashes much of Getting Things Done. It also spends quite a bit of time talking about how wonderful GTD is. After reading it I cannot point to a single new principle I will adopt or use.

    Do yourself a favor and read Getting Things Done. If you have already read it you might consider re-reading it over purchasing this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Gray, ME, United States 08-13-12
    David Gray, ME, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Just what I needed to read"
    What did you love best about Making It All Work?

    Making It All Work was the book I needed to read to get a handle on my business and my life. It offers clear and concise recommendations on how to use the concepts of David's earlier book "Getting Things Done" to improve your life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best was the flexibility of the recommendations and how practical it is.


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

    This book is as good as "Getting Things Done", but I think you should read "Getting Things Done" first.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gowri dallas, TX, United States 04-17-12
    Gowri dallas, TX, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "insipid rehash"

    GTD was a good book. this is just a reahash of lot of well known concepts. its all over the place and just a marketing tool for self aggarandisation. avoid

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eric PASADENA, CA, United States 11-17-11
    Eric PASADENA, CA, United States 11-17-11 Listener Since 2006
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    "Boring"

    I love GTD, but this one really was very boring to me I just didn't get into it at all. I don't even think I finished it and I can't even remember one thing that stuck with me after reading it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marcin CHICAGO, IL, USA 02-27-09
    Marcin CHICAGO, IL, USA 02-27-09 Member Since 2009
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    "lifechanging experience"

    That book changed my life

    11 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Helen RUMFORD, RI, United States 03-06-11
    Helen RUMFORD, RI, United States 03-06-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Well worth the listening time"

    I am so glad that I listened to this book. I had read parts of the first GTD book, and I am back at that one again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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