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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.
I considered myself as someone who gets things done, runs my own small business, and takes the time to have a good family life. Read morePublished 27 minutes ago by Joel Ponton
This book teaches a pragmatic use and organization of a students time and effort. Anything that makes a student more efficient frees up the time necessary to retain the concepts... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Brian Ekasala
Can make a big difference if you work through the book and follow the advicePublished 2 days ago by Morten Folvell
Implementing just a few ideas from this book has already helped me feel in control and focused. I am remembering so much more and completing tasks so much more easily. Read morePublished 4 days ago by kathy
I was unable to finish reading this book. Made it about 1/3 of the way through, before I:
a) Got incredibly bored
b) Got incredibly annoyed at the author's... Read more
If you feel like there isn't enough time in the day to get every thing done that you need to get done...READ THIS BOOK! Read morePublished 6 days ago by Eric
I'm trying to implement it now
I think a nice recap would be nice at the end.