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Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life Paperback – December 29, 2009
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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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Maybe it was due to familIarity, but I find some of the language a bit repetitive -- like he's more concerned about the brand than the concept. The annoying tendency to capitalize Trademarkable Terms (tm) like "Horizons of Focus" is a big driver of my response in this regard. Still, though, it was a worthwhile read for me.
While I did find the book useful, it does rehash a lot of the first book while at the same time not explaining the original concepts clearly enough for the book to stand on its own. I would recommend it as a companion to the original book, but I would not suggest that you start here.
I haven't read Ready For Anything, so I can't comment on how that fits into the GTD "universe".
The paper it is printed on is not what I like to touch in a book, but it is easy to write on.
Making It All Work allowed me to look at my work load from a different perspective. After reading the book in one weekend, I realized, how to prioritize in my weekly review, how to be ready to drop tasks when something unexpected comes up that needs urgent attention.
This book is about practical application of GTD principles and teaches you how not to be overwhelmed with your tasks.
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The book is stale and repetitive.Read more