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David Allen reads an all-new edition of his popular self-help classic for managing work-life balance in the 21st century - now updated for the new challenges facing individuals and organizations in today's rapidly changing world.

Since it was first published more than 15 years ago, David Allen's Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era and the ultimate book on personal organization. "GTD" is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.

Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.

©2001 David Allen (P)2001 Simon & Schuster

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Rewritten word for word? Literally, yes...

David Allen says in the book he has rewritten the original, from scratch. If he did that, it's been an incredibly unproductive effort as it seems to have been rewritten word for word, something that only makes sense if he was learning how to write on a typewriter or keyboard.

Yes, the words are almost literally the same as in the original. Some of the terms have been recoined to better fit the language used in his last book "Making It All Work" – which I find by far his best, by the way. MIAW is an underestimated gem.

Yes, David has added a chapter or two, but all of a sudden the book was over, and I hadn't come across much new stuff. I think this will be true for many who've followed David Allen / GTD for some years. There's not been much changed or added, and what has, you'll already be familiar with, from the interwebs, blogs, etc.

So if you don't have the original book: get this one. If you do have it: skip this one.

41 of 47 people found this review helpful

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Worthy Upgrade - Worth Your Time

This new audio edition of Getting Things Done advances the practice of GTD and covers a slightly updated process as we have embraced new technology along with reinforcing the tenets of the GTD methodology that have been proven-out by research conducted over the years since the first edition was released.

This Audible edition will inspire new students to embrace the practice of GTD and will re-energize current practitioners that might need a shot in the arm.

As with the first edition of Getting Things Done, hearing David Allen explain GTD will inspire you to jump into GTD with both feet. His narration comes from the heart which only makes the "story" better.

Solid production only adds to a wonderful listening experience. Highly recommended!

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Absolute must read! Or hear in this case!

This book has changed my life since I first read it but hearing this new version has revealed new meaning and content that was not clear up to now. The fact the author himself reads it is an advantage because the right emphasis is given to the most important topics. If you need to get some focus and get closer to mind like water hear this!

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Poor

Though the book contains interesting thoughts... the method could be presented within twenty minutes and less than 5 slides. Around 95% of the work is just empty talking to make it long enough to be a book. Honestly, even more than 95%. One reeeeally needs to take the time to harvest the few useful thoughts - although those are indeed interesting. Plus, as all authors, this one has no skills to perform a voice over and arrogantly ignore that there is a skill set for the profession, and declare themselves qualified, willing and able. His boring monotone and articulation impairity makes it a proper burden to hear the book through. If you find a quick presentation about GTD on the Internet, it may contain all that is valuable about it and save you a significant amount of time.

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Ignore Reviews Claiming "No New Material"

I'm at a loss for why anyone would claim this book is the same as original. Unless a person doesn't read it in its entirety or is hoping for a new quick fix that varied greatly from the original program, this book is a new life changer all is own. David Allen addresses most all of the "holes" that one might have found in the first writing. He gives a much more extensive, detailed explanation of the 5 steps of GTD, their benefits, new best practices for each, scientific reasoning and common pitfalls. Lastly, he's not the same person he was 15 years ago and explains things in a more understandable and organized manner in this edition. This is not a rewrite done to keep an publisher with new material. This is one of the most well thought our rewrites I've ever read. If you are a GTDer, or a constantly restarting want to be, lol, like I was for years, this book will bring new life to your efforts to have a mind like water.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Follow up to "Willpower"

I read "Willpower" a while back, and though the information was very fun to learn, I had difficulty applying it to the real world. For example, I read that the most successful people don't necessarily have extraordinary willpower, they just organize their day around the idea that it is finite. Good deal...how do they do that? This book is a perfect companion to what seems like useless knowledge--filling in all the blanks and leaving you with a great sense of clarity.
Wish I'd discovered it sooner, but it sounded gimmicky when I heard about it years ago. Better late than never!

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Lots of rambling. Hard to follow as an audiobook

What would have made Getting Things Done better?

If it's more to the point. He rambles on and on.

What could David Allen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make it more clear. Stop talking about how awesome and important this book is. I went through the first 3 hours and couldn't stand it anymore.

What didn’t you like about David Allen’s performance?

I had to speed it up, but it was a bunch of rambling anyway that was hard to follow as a book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

nothing new. Anger and frustration. I was really looking forward to hearing this book but it may be better if i can browse through it at the bookstore.

21 of 26 people found this review helpful

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waste of time

best thing was make organized lists and instead of just putting "do x" define what the next action is on "do x". the rest of the 5 hours I read were examples, lists of things, and him patting himself on the back. skip the first chapter for sure. it did help me but lots of bloat in this book.

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Inbox Zero Achieved

I first read GTD many years ago and implemented some of the principles. As I am looking to step up my productivity, I decided to grab the updated audio version.

The second time through is already proving successful as I was able to get my email inbox to zero (from 8k) and have next actions assigned to all projects. With each accomplishment, I gain more fuel to drive me further within the GTD program.

My only complaint is that the audio book was a bit dull at times, and hard to get through. As a returning GTD believer, I knew it was worth pushing through, but more real world stories or implementations (similar to what is on the GTD podcast) would make it easier to get through the book.

Complaint aside, I believe if I get one great takeaway from a book it was worth it, and GTD delivers many more.

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Solid method, but sometimes hard to follow

Solid method, Hard to follow sometimes due to the author's style. (Why stop at one descriptive noun when you can tack on a couple more adjectives!),

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  • 04-18-16

Good overview of methodology but only in addition to the book

Well read and structured and very handy to listen to in order to get an overview of the methodology when reading isn't convenient. To get the most out of GTD however you need the book with all of the workflow diagrams etc that are included in the print publication that audio obviously does not provide so this is good audiobook when in addition to the print version, not quite as useful without it.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Ian
  • 10-16-16

Getting Things Done by David Allen

I work for a large Acute healthcare provider in the East Midlands in the UK. This book was recommended to me by the Trust Secretary over 4 years ago in November 2012 after he did a training for me and my team one Saturday morning. He said to me that most people would not follow the GTD system, but he was happy to give up his time for the few that would so. I finally read the first version of GTD whilst on honeymoon in September 2016. I was amazed and relieved that all my efforts of trying to get more organised and more productive, which had most all invariably failed, had not been due to my lack of effort or willingness to improve but rather due to not having a trusted system for getting things done. I instantly applied the teachings in the book upon my return to work and feel more relaxed and more productive immediately. I have also purchased the audio version of the second edition and plan to listen to it on my daily commutes until I have fully implemented the GTD system. This book may well have saved my sanity and career in the healthcare sector.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • SHAHEN
  • 12-27-16

For the working parent

This is a great book for all parents who are working when they feel things are getting on top of them. The only thing you may find is that when listening to the book one must repeat the chapters to understand the principles and techniques required for their own personal circumstances. The GTD methodology is unique for each individual person, as I have come to realise. This alone poses a challenge of organising oneself and the book alone will not give you simple instructions which will fit perfectly. All areas will need to be created by you and once in place, may need to be adapted when different challenges present themselves. The book itself gives a good foundation however and is an essential read.

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  • Mr. James C. Brown
  • 12-14-16

beneficial to everyone

this will become a classic. complements other 'personal development' books. I am a middle management information worker in IT with a business on the side and busy family life. the book has been baring fruit immediately and I'm on Positive trajectory as I invest in the methodology

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  • JedHoll
  • 05-25-17

Can see why it's a classic

Super book and while I have my doubts about how many people implement the systems advocated in their entirety, there is no doubt in my mind that everyone will find something of value within it.

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  • Kugen
  • 05-18-16

Already feeling the reduction in stress

Have already started implementing with Evernote while listening to this audio book and it's fantastic! The examples provided are very clear and useful.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Darren
  • 08-26-17

Great book .. real easy listen!

very educational a book that I may read annually to stay on top of my game.

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  • Mohammad
  • 07-30-17

Excellent book for productivity management

loved it!
even though i have been doing several practices similar to the GTD, listening to the full metbodology was very helpful and entertaining!
if you are overwhelmed with many tasks and responsibilities, and starting to lose control, listen to this book and you will feel better immediately!
the book is very long with many details but it's worth it!

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  • Gregory
  • 05-23-17

Highly recommended a million times!

This is one of the books that has impacted my life the most over the last 7 years.

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  • Adib
  • 07-16-16

Not great on audio

Useful content but it's more of a reference book so likely better to read in print than listen to as audio

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  • Rod
  • 08-25-16

Fantastic

Was a good listen at a reasonable pace. Suggest having the paper or ebook version as a reference once you have listened to the original GTD text.

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  • Grant
  • 06-04-16

Brain relief

GTD finally freed my brain from all the "coulda, shoulda, woulda, but not sure how to" and let me focus on "right now" again because "later" has been captured and will look after itself.

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  • robw4800
  • 11-02-17

Wow - I think this may just change my life ...

Well structured and presented. From basic to sophisticated, I am learning to Get Things Done!

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  • David Balshaw
  • 08-28-17

Best personal development book I've read.

I always thought that my ability to remember all the activities, tasks and information in my life was both limited and therefore hindering my capacity to function at a high level of life mastery.
GTD not only proves this, but gives a practical, systematic approach to manage my 'stuff' and help me to spend more time at a higher level of creative consciousness.
Very well written and well read by the author. An easy read and one book I will review again and again.

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  • Amir
  • 07-17-17

Great that I found this wonderful book

This is the best thing I've ever read about organised way of life. Don't get bored with amount of details. Read it over and over again.

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  • 06-08-17

Solid ideas, but could be shorter

Learned some good stuff, but felt like a lot of it was repeated between chapters 8 and 12 or so. Well narrated.

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  • Dan
  • 05-03-17

I got stuff done

while listening to this I was gradually putting it into place in my home/work life. now I feel super organised and I have already got stuff done! Yus!

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  • progressionofme
  • 01-10-17

Just what I needed!

I absolutely loved this book and feel it will benefit me in all aspects of my life! I am telling everyone about it and putting it into practice. I also intend to read it again in a few months time as David suggests and no doubt I will learn more from it the second time around.