In today's world of exponentially increased communication and responsibility, yesterday's methods for staying on top just don't work.
Veteran management consultant and trainer David Allen recognizes that "time management" is useless the minute your schedule is interrupted; "setting priorities" isn't relevant when your email is down; "procrastination solutions" won't help if your goals aren't clear.
Allen's premise is simple: our ability to be productive is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve stress-free productivity and unleash our creative potential. He teaches us how to:
• Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box empty
• Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
• Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
• Feel fine about what you're not doing
From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work -- and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.
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Benefited immensely from GTD
I read David's book and took his two-day workshop in '01, and it changed the way I work, both at work and home. His concepts differ from most time and priority based approaches to being more productive. I've benefited career-wise, and (when I'm following his process) I've tasted what he calls "Mind Like Water". I've recently re-read both his books and have been sneakin' around his website and blog to dig a little deeper into his methods and see how others have used GTD. If you have propensities toward procrastination, feel overwhelmed, or don't know where to start, this book will help you find more productive ways to Getting Things Done.
Not in the Bussiness world?... Not for you!
I was hoping to get simple and clear info on procrastination and how to tackle it--- this audio book deals mostly with the bussiness world. Mr. Allen presents several systems for tackling projects, and ways to organize, plan, and identify the tasks that you have to complete. His idea about putting all of your to-do's (professional, personal, small and large) in a "trusted system" outside of you mind to free yourself of worrying about them so you can focus on the task at hand is perhaps his most valuable point.
However his examples are really geared towards the bussiness world (ie. he spends 15 minutes talking about hanging filing systems vs. non-haning systems) and, aside from being quite boring, this half of the book isn't very relevant to many students or those outside of the professional sphere.
He does have interesting concepts, organizational tools and hints that are universially applicable for anyone with large projects to tackle. However, if you aren't part of the bussiness world (ie. college student) I would reccomend checking the book out of a library so you can gleen the important bits---and skip his laundry lists of desk supplies and rants about the perils of hanging file systems.....
Some people don't get it
There are people in this world who instinctively learned how to be organized. They don't need this book, because they're already getting things done. (Careful, though, because as David explains quite accurately, there's a big difference between being neat/tidy and being organized.)
For the rest of us who are good at lots of things, but can't seem to get our overall lives in order and are constantly struggling to keep up with life, this is PERFECT. I was absolutely blown away by how accurately he described and understood me. I've never before known anyone who "got" me that well.
If you're the type who is always running late, or always broke, or constantly explaining why something didn't get done (and you have 100% legitimate reasons, not just lame excuses), then this book and system are perfect for you. Ignore the negative reviews on here from people who obviously didn't understand that there are people on this Earth that need these concepts spelled out.
As David explains, the people who need this are the most intelligent types who are thinking too quickly for their own good and get overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done. Those who can't think as quickly or as abstractly don't get overwhelmed and therefore accomplish more. This book is about how to get the best of both worlds.