- 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 0.8 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 512 customer reviews
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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity Paperback – March 17, 2015
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“A true skeptic of most management fixes, I have to say David’s program is a winner!”
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About the Author
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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.
The author believes that stress is created because we have “stuff” that needs to be done and we get overwhelmed. David Allen explains how to capture this “stuff” (ideas, projects, assignments, reading materials and more) and what to do with them. The first step is getting everything out of your head and your inboxes and onto a list. (Warning: Your list will be long.)
The next step is to decide what to do with each item on your list. Begin by asking yourself if it requires additional actions. If not, the item goes to the trash, onto a “someday, maybe” list, or into a reference file. If additional actions are required, you need to determine that next action and then do it, delegate it, or defer it.
The book describes how to develop master lists and how to cluster actions into projects. It also describes how to use a calendar and create a filing system. I listened to the audio version of this book on a recent car trip and all three of us listening were excited to adopt at least part of the system. Although the book was written for managers, the systems will work equally well for entrepreneurs.
Countless reviewers stated already that the GTD book is the best book on productivity known to mankind, so I will just assure you that the hype is with a good reason.. Get it, treasure it, use it. Your life will change for the better, whatever you do day-in, day out.
I strongly recommend that you purchase the Audible version of the book too, to attain mastery of the GTD method with minimum effort.
Great book! (Great audio and great narration as well!)
Highly highly highly recommended to anyone seeking to find some clarity of purpose and direction in their professional or personal lives.
1) It made you stop and think about your productivity.
2) The techniques are simple to understand and their reasoning behind them are explained.
3) It had a step by step methodology for implementation of the techniques.
The one criticism I would make is that it did at times come off as a cheesy self promoting used car salesman or evangelist in promoting the book and its material.
The main focus of the book is this: you need to not be thinking about the things you need to do. If you do this creates anxiety and splits your attention making you less effective than you otherwise would. Therefore when you are presented with a task or an issue the best way to go about organizing your thoughts is to base your organization on what the next action will be. Allen also writes about how to set up organizationally so that your processes are efficient and useful.
Overall, I thought it was an exceptional book and I recommend it to anybody wanting to think about and improve their organization and productivity.