- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 15, 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0012OMFHY
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My firm uses Daylite software (from Marketcircle) as the core of our GTD system, but there are many other applications you can use. Without the knowledge of Allen''s method, however, you won't get as much out if the software you use to manage your tasks.
The book is easy to read, and relatively short, with no fluff or filler whatsoever. Everyone should read this book. I've read it twice now.
I quickly became aware that most software that is meant to handle your to-dos is totally inadequate for use with the GTD system, so when I got a new iPod for Christmas, I bought "Toodledo" for my to-do management. Its entire structure is built around the GTD system. WOW! What a difference!
I also bought a new front end for the "Calendar" that comes with the iPod. It's called "PocketLife." It enters all its data into the same database that the original Calendar uses, so anything entered with "PocketLife" also appears in "Calendar." It gets backed up the same way.
It overcomes a weakness in the original "Calendar." It now allows me to enter events of the type that occur on the fourth Thursday of April, or on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November (election day).
So I find myself pretty profoundly surprised by how powerful David Allen's system-he might prefer not to have it called that-has been in my life. The word that comes to mind for its result is `serenity'. Not quite `stress-free', that's a bit of a stretch and not true to life as I experience it. But serenity over tension and productive order over chaos.
Allen's goal is to free you up to experience a `mind like water' by managing all the things that rattle around in your brain on any give day into holding tanks where you're not wasting energy trying to remember them or regretting not having resolved them when you're trying to think about something else. That mental liquidity is a martial arts term, Allen explains, that means `a condition of working, doing, and being in which the mind is clear and constructive things are happening.' Using common sense that's been refined by a lot of observation and a critical core of analysis, Allen's system gets you there.
I find myself-as the author promises-much more likely to focus creatively on this task in front of me or to be present for this person who is locked in conversation with me.
I rave. I recognize it. I rave about this book. I don't like people who rave overmuch or protest too loudly. But this book is worth every bit of fevered praise that has come its way.
It's not about managing your time or finding more of it. We each get the same 24 hours. It's about taking the courageous and wise steps that alone are able to create or restore productive order that counts for the long hall. And makes your mind like water.