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Discover David Allen's powerful productivity principles and vastly increase your ability to work better, not harder - every day.

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:

  • Clear your head for creativity
  • Focus your attention
  • Create structures that work
  • Take action to get things moving

    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.

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    David Allen is a productivity champion

    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready for Anything to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily. I own both, but I am a fan of highlighting.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David Allen. He knows what he is talking about.

    What did you learn from Ready for Anything that you would use in your daily life?

    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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    • Patricia
    • CHERRY HILL, NJ, United States
    • 03-29-14

    Not Getting Things Done

    What disappointed you about Ready for Anything?

    This book is no way on the same level as the previous book, Getting Things Done. This seems to be a collection of blog posts from David Allen compiled into a book. Waste of time.

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    Explore a new approach to managing time-and life!

    If you could sum up Ready for Anything in three words, what would they be?

    Promising clarity, challenging.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David Allen could have presented this new and refreshing approach to time management using examples of clients and company executives who have engaged his expertise. However, he has chosen to honestly and openly share his own experiences in an practical and engaging way to explain how we can get trapped by what at times seem like overwhelming workloads and expectations, or dreary and uninteresting tasks whether they be in work or personal life. While explaining the causes and solutions to these issues - building in capacity to cope with the additional ever expanding possibilities for using one's time and being better prepared to cope with life's unexpected circumstances, David Allen also gives candid illustrations of his own life experiences and how much better he has been able to manage using his well researched philosophy and approach to what I think might have once been termed 'effective time management'.

    What does David Allen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As David is reading his own book, the experience for me was like sitting in on a live presentation of a person who had something well researched and very special to share with anyone who was interested in managing their many life demands more effectively. In a way, I got the impression that David was on a journey of self discovery and exploring approaches to self fulfillment which I would not have appreciated as much if I had read the book and focused on understanding and applying the approach which he is expounding.

    What did you learn from Ready for Anything that you would use in your daily life?

    I found the ideas and strategies so well explained and promising of their effectiveness that I am starting to use David Allen's management approach to my personal life and work life tasks, to sort, order, prioritise, resource, execute and evaluate on a regular fortnightly basis. David suggests it can take from one to two years to fully integrate his work/life management strategies and philosophy into one's modus operandi, but already after only 6 weeks, I am discovering benefits of applying his approach and feeling better able to accommodate requests, to undertake extra tasks and to respond to additional creative opportunities when they arise.

    Any additional comments?

    A good book for people who are feeling overwhelmed with the tasks they want to complete or creative opportunities they would like to take up, if they only had the time!

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    Relevant to most humans

    While this book assumes familiarity with David Allen's productivity principles which may limit the audience, the themes inside are relevant to most people. Who doesn't want to get more done with the limited time we are given on this planet?

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    • Melody
    • Winter Springs`, FL, USA
    • 10-26-09


    I listened to the entire audio and it was good, yet not great. The hardback book might be easier to follow along with vs. the audio. The material was interesting, yet I didn't care for the voice on the audio. Some of the material I have heard or read before in other books.

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    • michael
    • Hanover, MD, United States
    • 09-11-08

    one of the best self-improvement books ever

    Very useful and well presented ideas.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    • Zaina
    • Atlanta, GA, USA
    • 11-08-06


    Tiresome and a cheat in this case. The dead tree is so far superiour that I went ahead and purchased it as the audiofile is just not enough. You barely feel you've had your apetizer when Mr. Audible is hoping you've had an enjoyable listen. David Allen's book is worth the entire experience.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    • Ami
    • brooklyn, NY, USA
    • 01-28-05

    very helpful

    I listened to this on a plane flying accross the country-- it was specific, constructive and inspiring. I want to download his other titles.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    • Denise
    • Guthrie, OK, USA
    • 01-05-08

    Worth the investment

    This book includes several practical and helpful suggestions. Worthwhile.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    • Miguel
    • Anaheim, CA, USA
    • 08-20-04


    Best book ever on creating peace in one's life through getting organized.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful