- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Revised ed. edition (March 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143126563
- ISBN-13: 978-0143126560
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 500 customer reviews
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“Allen drops down from high-level philosophizing to the fine details of time management. Take a minute to check this one out.”
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“David Allen’s productivity principles are rooted in big ideas . . . but they’re also eminently practical.”
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“David Allen brings new clarity to the power of purpose, the essential nature of relaxation, and deceptively simple guidelines for getting things done. He employs extensive experience, personal stories, and his own recipe for simplicity, speed, and fun.”
—Frances Hesselbein, chairman, board of governors, Leader to Leader Institute
“Anyone who reads this book can apply this knowledge and these skills in their lives for immediate results.”
—Stephen P. Magee, chaired professor of business and economics, University of Texas at Austin
“A true skeptic of most management fixes, I have to say David’s program is a winner!”
—Joline Godfrey, CEO, Independent Means, Inc., and author of Our Wildest Dreams
“Getting Things Done describes an incredibly practical process that can help busy people regain control of their lives. It can help you be more successful. Even more important, it can help you have a happier life!”
—Marshall Goldsmith, coeditor, The Leader of the Future and Coaching for Leadership
“WARNING: Reading Getting Things Done can be hazardous to your old habits of procrastination. David Allen’s approach is refreshingly simple and intuitive. He provides the systems, tools, and tips to achieve profound results.”
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About the Author
David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. He has more than thirty years of pioneering research and experience as a management consultant and executive coach to some of America’s most prestigious organizations, such as New York Life, the World Bank, and the U.S. Navy.
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This new edition goes into more theory, but that makes it much harder to use as a concise guide of how to get things done.
I loved the first edition, but the 2015 edition was tedious to read and I didn't have the patience to get through it. Too bad he ruined a good thing. It would have been better if he'd added a companion book with all the non-actionable theory, or separate chapters.
This updated edition still provides the core that the original communicated, but moves away from tool-specifics to highlight even more the real core of the approach that will lead you to "mind like water." Read it. Apply it. We need your art in the world!
The central message of this book of getting one unified system in place for all projects / tasks in your life and getting things quickly off your mind and into the system is simple yet profound. There is an upfront cost on the order of days, especially if you have a lot on your plate, to get started with such a system. Once you do this, however, keeping it going really only involves a few minutes a day and about 30-60 minutes once a week during a step he calls the weekly review. The key elements that I found helpful: 1) Immediate processing of tasks as they come in (do it if quick, delegate it to others if appropriate, or put it in your system with the appropriate flags; 2) Contexts. it doesn't make sense to look at a list of errands that can only be done on the computer when you are traveling without one or walking the dog. Having each task be assigned to a context (which can be a virtual or physical location) and being able to pull a context-specific list when you are in that context is incredibly helpful; and 3) Next actions. There is a distinction drawn between things that need to happen next (i.e. in the next week) and things that just need to happen at some point in the future. Everything gets tracked, but not everything needs to show up on your context-specific list; just the "next actions."
This helped me get my life in order and relieved a lot of stress. I no longer worry constantly about what I should be doing because I always know, in any specific context at home or at work, what tasks I have already decided need to happen. Since I also put everything into the system that I trust and know works, I also don't miss things the way I used to.
Full Disclosure: I recently interviewed David Allen for our Inspire Nation Show.
I believe this to be an incredibly helpful book, and we're already taking action based on what we've read. However, it can be daunting, or completely overwhelming in the beginning. If so, skip to part two of the book, block off a weekend if you can, and just dive in and see where you get.
To me GTD is a philosophy more than anything else, and by diving in, you indoctrinate yourself to another way of thinking, being and doing about your work and your day. And I believe this to be liberating!!!
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