Getting Things Done: How To Achieve Stress-Free Productivity
- Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date:
- 24 January 2002
- Management & Management Techniques
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We all live extremely busy lives and the demands placed on our time seem almost never ending. Thankfully David Allen has a guide to aid us all in getting things done.
My personal favorite for learning the art of self organization. Really practical.
This book revolutionised my “to do’s” and makes keeping track of everything and anything you might want to keep track of a breeze – as long as you remember to do the simple reviews at appropriate times and keep a decent filing system going. <br/>I had already used the tickler files idea many years before this book and was pleased to revisit the system and the “someday maybe” idea keeps all your “one day I will…” in one place and, most importantly, not cluttering up your psyche.<br/>To be honest, I have found that many people, including myself, spend vast amounts of time setting up the framework, tweaking it, maintaining it and generally puttering around with it but the actual “Getting Things Done” is still elusive. But hec, I know exactly what I’m not getting done and how to go about doing it should I ever stop procrastinating, and so it is not cluttering up my brain and nagging “you should be…”. Instead, it sits quietly waiting for its turn on a next action list and the great day when a tick goes next to it.<br/> <br/>
For all of the hype that this book has created - the cult of productivity etc. - Dave Allen's take is actually down to earth and simple. He does not advocate super productivity, just being aware of your commitments and revising them if they do not fit your life. Conscious choices is what it is about. The second best thing that I have ever done for my professional life was to buy this book... The best thing that I ever done was to implement it!
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