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Not quite. Yes, Getting Things Done offers a complete system for downloading all those free-floating gotta-do's clogging your brain into a sophisticated framework of files and action lists--all purportedly to free your mind to focus on whatever you're working on. However, it still operates from the decidedly Western notion that if we could just get really, really organized, we could turn ourselves into 24/7 productivity machines. (To wit, Allen, whom the New Economy bible Fast Company has dubbed "the personal productivity guru," suggests that instead of meditating on crouching tigers and hidden dragons while you wait for a plane, you should unsheathe that high-tech saber known as the cell phone and attack that list of calls you need to return.)
As whole-life-organizing systems go, Allen's is pretty good, even fun and therapeutic. It starts with the exhortation to take every unaccounted-for scrap of paper in your workstation that you can't junk, The next step is to write down every unaccounted-for gotta-do cramming your head onto its own scrap of paper. Finally, throw the whole stew into a giant "in-basket"
That's where the processing and prioritizing begin; in Allen's system, it get a little convoluted at times, rife as it is with fancy terms, subterms, and sub-subterms for even the simplest concepts. Thank goodness the spine of his system is captured on a straightforward, one-page flowchart that you can pin over your desk and repeatedly consult without having to refer back to the book. That alone is worth the purchase price. Also of value is Allen's ingenious Two-Minute Rule: if there's anything you absolutely must do that you can do right now in two minutes or less, then do it now, thus freeing up your time and mind tenfold over the long term. It's commonsense advice so obvious that most of us completely overlook it, much to our detriment; Allen excels at dispensing such wisdom in this useful, if somewhat belabored, self-improver aimed at everyone from CEOs to soccer moms (who we all know are more organized than most CEOs to start with). --Timothy Murphy --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A top book in anyone's arsenal who is struggling with time management, productivity, and overall sanity in their personal or professional lives! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Eric D. Beaty
This book became the core of a case-management methodology for my law firm. It is a life-changing book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Leonardo daVinci
Fabulous game changer for how to approach our tasks. Wish I had read it years ago!Published 4 days ago by Richard Steele
Very helpful. Confirmed some of my ideas and added several valuable new ideas.Published 5 days ago by J. R. Brown
The Getting Things Done system is a good system. It has helped me organize my life and feel a lot less stressed out. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Christopher A. Ogden
Reread this for the first time in over 20 years. Principles still apply.Published 6 days ago by AsiaUser
Only read this book if you're serious about getting things done. Otherwise, keep stumbling through life.Published 8 days ago by Daniel Schroeder
Very useful! I Will have to read it again to gain the most of it. But that seems to be the point.Published 8 days ago by P. van Duinen