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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.

  • ©2002 David Allen, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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

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    • Liz
    • Carthage, TN, USA
    • 12-19-03

    Getting Things Done

    This book was a little too basic for me. I didn't need anyone to tell me that I needed a trash can and stapler...some of the points were good. Just not quite the inspiration I was looking for.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    • Grant
    • MelbourneAustralia
    • 09-12-03

    Getting Things Done

    You can't implement the principles of David Allen after listening to this book - it is abridged and lacks the essential chapters that provide the detail you need. However I found that listening to it (several times) was a great introduction and I've since bought the book. This guy is good - as you listen / read you realise that his program is not merely theoretical, it's based on his experiences with hundreds of people. This book was the first I bought from Audible and remains my favourite

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    • Neil
    • La Mesa, CA, USA
    • 05-27-03

    This is real information.

    I am putting this book into practise and it is making a tremendous differece.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    Don't be put off

    David Allen's voice on this one has an annoying business drone. (He's much better in his other recordings, especially his podcasts.) It's so bad, it's turned off a few friends I've recommended this to. But the content is spectacular. Because it's abridged, consider this dipping a toe in the water of GTD. The core ideas are all here, but it's the tip of an amazing iceberg. Well worth the listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    • Tony
    • Buckner, KY, USA
    • 08-15-05

    It will also make you smarter

    I am a very organized person but after listening and applying what I learned I can now say that I now even smarter. I am suggesting this title to the folks I work with. This was an outstanding book and one that I will recommend to anyone that has too much to do and too little time to do it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    Pracatical Things that Work

    When he describes how busy people do things wrong that sabotage their own efficiency it was like he watched me every day, to use me as his model. The things he advocates are not hard, but do take discipline. I've been doing this now for only a couple of weeks, but have noticed a drastic difference in how much I can get accomplished. It drastically cuts down that time I used to spend thinking to myself "man there is so much to do, where do I start". The simple aspect that seemed to help quite a bit is instead of creating lists of "stuff" to spend a couple more seconds and actually think through the next action step and capature that as well. It makes it so much easier to actually do it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    This REALLY works

    I can't even begin to tell you how much this methodology has helped me keep up with work, life and happiness. I was a list-maker to start with, so it came somewhat easily to me, but I've also introduced it to others who were not and who managed to make it work for them also.

    The audiobook walks you through the system, explaining both method and theory. Take your time going through it; there is a lot to take in and rushing through the audiobook will make it harder to absorb.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    Life Changing

    Not only does Allen discuss the practical techniques of getting things done, he discusses the psychological underpinnings of the guilt that comes from breaking so many subtle, perhaps unconscious, commitments to oneself when things aren't done. Getting Things Done is as therapeutic as it is productivity enhancing. Changed my life. Ask my wife :-)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    • Steve
    • El Cajon, CA, USA
    • 02-24-04

    Try it and decide for yourself

    Some reviews criticize this book for being ?too simple? or ?just common sense.? These observations are spot on, but are precisely why I find it so useful. I prefer a simple/practical approach and don?t want to be a time-management guru; I just want a system that works well and is easy to implement with minimal investment of time and money. Take the authors? challenge; he just asks you to give it an honest effort, and measure your own results. The results were nearly instantaneous for our organization and it?s so simple that it institutionalizes itself immediately.

    There are 3 key concepts:

    1. ?Put everything in a trusted system.? He gives you an organizational methodology of collection, processing, and action that is extremely efficient and lets you decide how to implement it. I wish they could post a PDF of the overall process flowchart because it really simplifies everything (we bought a hard-copy too.) We just took the flowchart and mapped it to tools we were already using.

    2. ?What?s the next step?? This is a great technique for simplifying, tracking, and accomplishing complex projects by performing a series of concrete actions.

    3. ?Mind like water.? Get everything out of your psyche and into your system. This sounds strange at first but does exactly what the author promises. It removes all the noise from your mind giving you greater focus and, ironically, lets fewer things fall through the cracks. I really like the way it gives you a new outlook on the projects you accept, the deals you make with yourself, and their affect on your mentality.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    • JT
    • 01-07-04

    Great book

    The book gives detailed instructions on an organization methodology. I followed his instructions to the detail and have found that I am much more relaxed and getting more done. I don't have worry about missing something now, since I am 100% better organized and have a system. I have suggested the book to others.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful