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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

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In today's world, yesterday's methods just don't work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to:
  • Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box to empty
  • Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
  • Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
  • 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 can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

Review:

"While an infomercial for the author's consulting practice, this road map for organizational efficiency may help many who have too much to do in too little time, both professionally and in their personal lives." Booklist

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"If you've tried other time managers and still feel harried, take a minute to check this one out." Entrepreneur

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"[T]his book can go a long way toward helping people relax, gain control...and focus on the really important stuff." Morning Star-Telegram

Synopsis:

Veteran coach and management consultant Allen shares the breakthrough methodsfor stress-free performance that he has introduced to thousands. He shows howto assess goals, relax, and stay focused.

About the Author

David Allen has been called one of the world's most influential thinkers on productivity and has been a keynote speaker and facilitator for such organizations as New York Life, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, L.L. Bean, and the U.S. Navy. He is president of The David Allen Company and has more than twenty years experience as a management consultant and executive coach. His work has been featured in Fast Company, Fortune, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Welcome to Getting Things Done

Part 1: The Art of Getting Things Done

Chapter 1: A New Practice for a New Reality

Chapter 2: Getting Control of Your Life: The Five Stages of Mastering Workflow

Chapter 3: Getting Projects Creatively Under Way: The Five Phases of Project Planning

Part 2: Practicing Stress-Free Productivity

Chapter 4: Getting Started: Setting Up the Time, Space, and Tools

Chapter 5: Collection: Corralling Your "Stuff"

Chapter 6: Processing: Getting "In" to Empty

Chapter 7: Organizing: Setting Up the Right Buckets

Chapter 8: Reviewing: Keeping Your System Functional

Chapter 9: Doing: Making the Best Action Choices

Chapter 10: Getting Projects Under Control

Part 3: The Power of the Key Principles

Chapter 11: The Power of the Collection Habit

Chapter 12: The Power of the Next-Action Decision

Chapter 13: The Power of Outcome Focusing

Conclusion

Index

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curtis721, September 12, 2011 (view all comments by curtis721)
I'm reading this through a second time right now while implementing the changes that David Allen recommends. It has been a big help, a career-saver and a life-saver.

I have been looking for a book like this my whole life. I have read countless "get yourself organized" books, attended seminars, purchased planners, PDAs, and on and on. . . Whew! The harder I try to implement the advice in these things the more disorganized I get.

These always seems to be a gremlin or gargoyle lurking in my subconscious whose mission is to sabotage my best intentions. And this gremlin always succeeds.

But David Allen is the Gremlin Slayer. He is the only get-organized guru who seems to understand this hidden gremlin and provides solutions to neutralize him. I highly recommend this book to anyone suffering from hidden gremlin sabotage.
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Peyton, August 24, 2008 (view all comments by Peyton)
Most of my friends and clients describe me as highly organized, but I have never felt that way. I have always felt as if I were spending far too much effort on being organized and far too little on accomplishing meaningful work. I had read and followed the traditional time management books. I thought they worked well, and that the problem was in my execution. Then, while looking at Firefox extensions, I ran across a Gmail organizer based on David Allen's Getting Things Done. I installed it and played with it. Within a few hours, I actually had an empty inbox and was getting things done. At that point, I realized there were ideas here that were new to me. I read the book. Since then, I've seen some very critical reviews of the book by people who either missed Mr. Allen's point or whose lives are not complicated enough to require a lot of organizing. I do marketing work for 10-12 book publishers at any given time, so my life is busy, and I have to get a lot done while quickly shifting from project to project. I like Getting Things Done. It works for me, and it works for my friends in engineering as well as for my friends in marketing. It works for people who have a lot to do. The worst criticism I have seen of GTD is that it is obvious and too simple, but for those of us who enjoy life by taking on more work than we can handle and by always pushing ourselves, it's great.

I highly recommend it, and actually am on the Powell's site so I can have copies shipped to some friends.
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Ean, January 18, 2008 (view all comments by Ean)
This was my favorite book of 2007. I recommend it to all my clients - from individual artists to executive directors of multi-million dollar companies. It is the most straightforward step-by-step way to get organized so that nothing falls through the cracks, but still allows for the "but I don't WANNA" factor when planning your day.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142000281
Author:
Allen, David
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Time management
Subject:
Business Life - Health/Stress
Subject:
Self-management
Subject:
Self-management (psychology)
Subject:
Budgets temps
Subject:
Gestion de soi
Subject:
Business Writing
Subject:
Business; Time management
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
pt. 1.
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.04x5.33x.63 in. .53 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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