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A rehashing of old—if successful—ground from his 2001 book Getting Things Done, Allen revisits his simple yet comprehensive system of organizing every aspect of one's life for career, professional and personal development—even addressing how to plan a vacation, choose a babysitter or arrange eldercare for a parent. The author's inarguable premise is that a complete and current inventory of commitments organized and reviewed in a systematic way can sharpen focus and allow for wiser decision making. Allen cautions that the book does not provide answers to tricky life choices; its methods will aid in developing the self-assurance to trust one's own solutions. Readers are guided through the process of obtaining control and perspective, organizing tasks and goals to reach the Getting Things Done (GTD) holy grail of an empty in-basket and e-mail inbox. Although the book purports to expand on the principles of GTD, there's very little new material in this latest offering, which serves more as a sales tool for the first one than for a project all on its own. Those seeking organizational nirvana would do best to invest in the original and give this one a pass. (Dec.)
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I found a great deal of value in [David Allen's] book. He has put enormous time and thought into understanding what makes us productive and what generates stress. So much of his approach rang true to my personal experience. MANAGEMENT TODAY Making It All Work, builds upon the ideas outlined in his original book, Getting Things Done, and demonstrates the success of his GTD model. It is a "manual for getting anything and everything on track - from a bloated email inbox to a significant profes CITY MAGAZINE --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Not very fun to read and nothing really new after having read Getting thing Done, and that was one of my favorite books. This one just did not do it for me.Published 16 days ago by J. shea
This book really ads on to the concepts of the GTD Method. I ordered this book, getting things done, and making it work all at the same time, and I found that each one was unique... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian Johnson
The original Getting Things Done is a great book with almost universal appeal. Making It All Work covers similar ground with an extra level of thinking about the relationship... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Kellogg
Encouragement for seeking out having your mind to be like water. It seemed repetitive at times, but that's probably because I've consumed a number of Allan's books and speeches... Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. R. Seibert
I used GTD principles and found this book to be a great refresher.Published 6 months ago by Robert_T
Good book expanding on GTD, but he could have saved most of the anecdotes and written this in about 1/3 of the length. Read morePublished 7 months ago by toby schaeffer
David Allen is a great inspiration for getting organized! This book is great.Published 7 months ago by MikeP