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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity Paperback – March 17, 2015
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—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive
“Getting Things Done offers help building the new mental skills needed in an age of multitasking and overload.”
—Sue Shellenbarger, The Wall Street Journal
“I recently attended David’s seminar on getting organized, and after seeing him in action I have hope. . . . David Allen’s seminar was an eye-opener.”
—Stewart Alsop, Fortune
“Allen drops down from high-level philosophizing to the fine details of time management. Take a minute to check this one out.”
—Mark Henricks, Entrepreneur
“David Allen’s productivity principles are rooted in big ideas . . . but they’re also eminently practical.”
—Keith H. Hammonds, Fast Company
“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.”
—Carola Endicott, director, Quality Resources, New England Medical Center
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.
I made the mistake of trying to do things piecemeal. I proved futile given the dynamic and fluid nature of the non-profit work I was doing. What ended up happening was that over the Christmas weekend of that year I came in to the office and implemented the full GTD system. That was a needed endeavor and very much paid off in the long run. I have been using his system, a bit updated since I started using the Franklin Covey planners and stopped relying solely on digital note taking and calendaring.
This is an incredibly worthwhile read, and the suggestions should be taken as pragmatic applications you have to approach in order to truly make sense of the system.
I would also recommend reading 'Making it all work' as well after reading this one first becuase this one gives the vertebral column, the core struchture of the method while 'Making it all work complements this one beautifly with plenty of examples, specially on the higher levels of focus or 'altitudes', as Allen calls them.
I can honestly say that this book changed my life for the better. And I'm not exagerating one bit. I am now very much at peace and live a more relaxed life by simply applying David Allen's method. I am deeply thankful for what he has writen.
Thank you Mr. Allen.
I would definitely recommend this book to others wanting to improve their productivity or work/life balance. Even if you don't implement the whole recommended GTD system, you can benefit from some of the tips in this book.
That was me.
After reading GTD, I'm ditching all other methods and choosing just this one. David Allen's methodology to a productive life and clear mind is timeless. In this updated edition he addresses how to incorporate technology in your productivity.
GTD is the only method for me!