The "guru of personal productivity" - Fast Company - asks listeners what's holding them back and shows how all of us can be "ready for anything" - with a clear mind, a clear deck, and clear intentions.
Ready for Anything offers you ways to immediately:
Allen's simple yet powerful principles help us master the mental game of productivity - what he calls "managing your mind, not your time." In motivational, bite-size lessons, we learn how to bring the calm focus of the martial artist to the onslaught of choices, decisions, and new circumstances we are faced with daily. Each principle - from "speed up by slowing down" to "the value of a future goal is the present change it fosters" - encourages us to think in fresh ways and to take action in order to achieve more relaxed control, ease, and fun in all our activities.
With wit, inspiration, and know-how, Ready for Anything shows us how to make things happen with less effort, stress, and ineffectiveness, and lots more energy, creativity, and clarity. This is the perfect audiobook for anyone wanting to work and live at his or her very best.
©2003 David Allen; (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Inc. All Rights Reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
This book is a collection of essays written about the principles behind David Allen's personal organization system. It's worth going into them but the listener should probably listen to his other book "Getting Things Done" before listening to this one.
"Ready for Anything" in audio form is the ideal addition for paper version "Getting Things Done". First read "Getting Things Done" and then find additional motivation by listening "Ready for Anything". You will not find anything new here, but it will strengthen your actions toward cleaning up your life.
It's probably helpful to first listen to Allen's other title, "Getting Things Done," which puts this in context, but "Ready for Anything" is excellent. Allen explores workflow management principles that go beyond simply being more organized and therefore more productive -- he applies these principles to personal/professional effectiveness.
Ready For Anything is more philosophical in nature. While less of a "how to" listen, Ready For Anything reminds us why we want to be organized and productive. Getting Things Done provided some great tips and ideas that I've been able to put into place, but Ready For Anything inspires me keep up the effort. If you love this stuff as much as I do, check out David Allen's website at davidco.com.
I've listened to David Allen's books several times and I'll continue to buy whatever he publishes. I've read the other reviews and I agree that there is an overlap of information in the two books. That is normal and logical - text books are the same way. There are enough new ideas and/or unique ways of stating his points to motivate me again and anew! Maybe it depends on where you're starting from ~ if you get up and exercise before you go to work or you can't go to bed with dishes in your sink, then maybe one book would give you enough ideas and tactics for a great jumpstart. If you wish you had a clean glass in the house, you might want both books! :) Also, these are NOT books about housework. The examples given are all varied from the business world to family life, but I apply the principles to my own personal cross to bear!!
Dry and I had difficulty finishing it (still have to). But, I like David Allen as far as self development and personal efficiency go. Getting Things Done which I have in hardcover is more to the point and contains actionable recommendations. Personally for this sort of book I prefer hardcover.
This more informal and less-technical follow-up to Getting Things Done is aimed at people who've read the first book, and could use some more inspiration and thinking around the topic. As a big fan of GTD, I found this hugely enjoyable and inspiring, and would strongly recommend it.
I am a GTD / David Allen fan so I had to listen to this, and it was also great. This book is more philosophical (than his 2 other books), and he lets us as listeners in to his value system a fare bit. Which I resonated with.
My favorite part was about the subject of the seeming problem of: BEING VS DOING. Which I have personally been wrestling with for some time. With me implementing GTD and hearing what he says in this book, that issue has been mostly solved. A Great read/ listen!
The whole book is geared toward convincing you to apply his system that is described in his previous book. I did not learn anything new from this one.
no. I would recommend to just go ahead and buy his "getting things done" book. This one won't add anything to your productivity.
Not necessarily. I own both, but I am a fan of highlighting.
David Allen. He knows what he is talking about.
The Getting Things Done system is nearly fool proof. This direction can be life changing in the event that you put these ideas into practice.
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