David Allen's Getting Things Done hit a nerve and ignited a movement with businesses, students, soccer moms, and techies all the way from Silicon Valley to Europe and Asia. Now, David Allen leads the world on a new path to achieve focus, control, and perspective. Throw out everything you know about productivity - Making It All Work will make life and work a game you can win. For those who have already experienced the clarity of mind from reading Getting Things Done, Making It All Work will take the process to the next level. David Allen shows us how to excel in dealing with our daily commitments, the unexpected, and the information overload that threatens to drown us. Making It All Work provides an instantly usable, success-building tool kit for staying ahead of the game.
Making It All Work addresses: how to figure out where you are in life and what you need; how to be your own consultant and a CEO of your life; moving from hope to trust in decision-making; when not to set goals; harnessing intuition, spontaneity, and serendipity; and why life is like business and business is like life.
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.
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Making it all work
David Allen really works at making the principles of the book understandable. I really enjoyed this book and will keep referring back to it for more tips to run my home more smoothly. I think this book is useful not only to businesses but for personal use also.
I can not imagine trying to deal with my work and life without the Getting Things Done methodology of David Allen. While his first book describes the basic ideas, Allen's purpose for Making It All Work is to get people beyond the basics of context based lists and project planning into the deeper aspects of GTD.
I have read and reread this book and continue to gain insight and understanding. I am moving to 'mind like water' as Allen describes it by allowing myself the time to think, not just react to all the inputs and information from work and life.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is overwhelmed by their responsibilities; drowning in email, voicemail, and memos; and feels two steps behind.