Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done

The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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David Allen reads an all-new edition of his popular self-help classic for managing work-life balance in the twenty-first century— now updated for the new challenges facing individuals and organizations in today's rapidly changing world.Since it was first published more than fifteen years ago, David Allen's Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. "GTD" is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots. Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a...
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2016.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781508215554
Characteristics: audio file
1 online resource (11 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Allen, David

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Jan 09, 2018

This audiobook is well and clearly read by the author. The advice is mostly useful for those who have a lot of control over how they do their work; its not of much use to everyone else. Often the explanations for the techniques is so long and complicated its hard to take notes in order to make use of it (one would be better served by the book in this respect). The easiest thing one can do is say no more often and add a banner over anything that one regularly handles or looks at that says "what is the next action?" (or develop this into a kind of mantra incorporated into one's life); nevertheless, a couple of simple things can help a lot. Trying to incorporate all of the advice at once strikes me as nearly impossible: just do one, and when one gets used to it after two or three weeks, incorporate another one and keep at it until one gets used to that, and so on. Although he mentions that distraction is a big productivity killer, he never suggests avoiding contacting someone else if one's contact with them will be a distraction to them: there has to be a coordination policy for blocking distractions and making distractions.

Aug 29, 2013

This guy spends wayyyy too much time describing the problem. We all know what the problem is.

Mar 16, 2012

Getting Things Done by David Allen is perhaps the most left-brained book I've ever read. List making and to-do tracking doesn't exactly make for a thrilling read. And yet, this is an important and forever practical book IF you put into practice the core of what Allen is saying. I'm a daily list maker and I live by my calendar. I never read a book on personal organization though I've invested much of my adult life in it.

Here are the most important points of the book, in my opinion: (1) Get all your to-do's (All. Of. Them.) out of your head and write them down. This will free your mind from having to think about them incessantly. (2) Give all of your immediate to-do's a next action. (For example, "get a dental check-up" should instead be "call and make a dental appointment.") If you can't do the next action at any given time, then transfer it to a separate list to be reviewed sometime later. (3) Don't worry about the what tools to use to organize your life. Start simple with a paper, pen and perhaps a folder and grow from there. Most complex organizational tools are probably too specifically customized for what you need anyway. And (4), every single one of your to-do's is an arranged agreement with yourself. If you put it off or forget about it, you feel the guilt in your mind consciously or not. Having them written down helps your meet your own commitments as well as saying no to commitments you now know you can't keep.

There's many more steps to keeping your personal organization optimized than the above points (for example, defining separate lists such as the "tickler" and the "someday/maybe"), but those I feel are the most crucial. Doing boring stuff like what Getting Things Done advocates would seem soul-sucking to a more right-brained type, but I firmly believe creativity is at its best when it is organized.

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