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Ready for Anythingby David Allen
Synopses & Reviews
In Getting Things Done, David Allen offered a breakthrough system to enhance productivity-at work and in daily life. Now "the guru of personal productivity" (Fast Company) asks readers what is holding them back and shows how they can be ready for anything-with a clear mind, a clear deck, and clear intentions.
Based on Allen's highly popular e-newsletter, Principles of Productivity, Ready for Anything offers fifty-two principles to clear your head, focus productively, create structures that work, and get in motion, including:
* stability on one level opens creativity on another
* you can't win a game you haven't defined
* the value of a future goal is the present change it fosters
With wit, motivational insights, and inspiring quotes, Ready for Anything shows readers how to make things happen with less effort, stress, and ineffectiveness, and lots more energy, creativity, and clarity. This is the perfect book for anyone wanting to work and live at their very best.
In his bestselling first book, Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen presented his breakthrough methods to increase efficiency. Now “the personal productivity guru” (Fast Company) shows readers how to increase their ability to work better, not harder—every day. Based on Allen’s highly popular e-newsletter, Ready for Anything offers readers 52 ways to immediately clear your head for creativity, focus your attention, create structures that work, and take action to get things moving.
With wit, inspiration, and know-how, Allen shows readers how to make things happen—with less effort and stress, and lots more energy, creativity, and effectiveness. Ready for Anything is the perfect book for anyone wanting to work and live at his or her very best.
With wit, motivational insights, and inspiring quotes, "Ready for Anything" shows readers how to make things happen with less effort, stress, and ineffectiveness, and lots more energy, creativity, and clarity. This is the perfect book for those wanting to work and live at their very best.
About the Author
David Allen is president of the David Allen Company and has more than two decades' experience as a management consultant and executive coach, having worked with organizations such as Merck, the Ford Foundation, and the U.S. Navy. He has been featured in Fortune, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Making It Easy to Take It Easy xvii
PART I: CLEAR YOUR HEAD FOR CREATIVITY
or Getting the Loose Ends to Leave You Alone 1
1. Cleaning up creates new directions. 3
Prepared for the Unknown?
2. You can only feel good about what youfre not doing when you know what youfre not doing. 6
Why 8Getting Organizede Usually Hasnft Worked
3. Knowing your commitments creates better choices of new ones. 9
When the Center Is the Edge
4. Getting to where youfre going requires knowing where you are. 12
Forget the Future=Just Get a Grip
5. Infinite opportunity is utilized by finite possibility. 15
The One-Minute Workflow Manager
6. Two commitments in your head create stress and failure. 18
Getting Things Done: Reactive or Responsive?
7. Priorities function only at the conscious level. 21
The Danger of 8Not as Importante Projects
8. Closing open loops releases energy. 24
The Magical Mundane
9. If itfs on your mind, itfs probably not getting done. 26
The ABCs of Psychic RAM
10. Creativity shows up when therefs space. 29
Is This All There Is?
11. The deeper the channel, the greater the flow. 32
Are You Really Ready for More?
12. Worry is a waste. 35
Getting Thinking off Your Mind
13. You are not your work. 38
The Big Secret About My Lists
PART II: FOCUS PRODUCTIVELY
or Whatfs the Point of a Point of View? 41
14. For more clarity, look from a higher place. 43
The Play of the Day
15. You wonft see how to do it until you see yourself doing it. 46
Waking Up Again to Making It Up Again
16. Working hard enough is impossible. 49
Is It Overtime All the Time?
17. Energy follows thought. 51
What Are You Putting in Front of Your Door?
18. The clearer your purpose, the more ways to fulfill it. 54
Are You Living in Your Living Room?
19. Best is much better than good. 57
How to Be Invincible
20. A change in focus equals a change in result. 60
Are You Ready for 8Readye?
21. Perspective is the most valuable commodity on the planet. 63
Bootstrapping Yourself into Better
22. You have to think about your stuff more than you think. 66
Productivity Doesnft Happen by Itself
23. You donft have to think about your stuff as much as youfre afraid you might. 69
Being Complete with Your Incompletions
24. If you know what youfre doing, efficiency is the only improvement opportunity. 72
25. Only one thing on your mind is 8in the zone.e 75
How Important Is Anything but the Most Important Thing?
26. The value of a future goal is the present change it fosters. 78
To Do or to Be? Or Is That the Question?
PART III: CREATE STRUCTURES THAT WORK
or Itfs Hard to Stay on Track Without Rails 81
27. Stability on one level opens creativity on another. 83
Organization and Creativity: Friends or Foes?
28. Form and function must match for maximum productivity. 85
The Visionary and the Doer=a Personal Division of Labor
29. Your system has to be better than your mind for your mind to let go. 87
Can Your Mind Keep Its New Job?
30. Response ability improves viability. 90
The Disorder Drug
31. Your system is only as good as its weakest link. 92
How Is Your Wiring Firing?
32. The effectiveness of your system is inversely proportional to your awareness of it. 95
System Success: Silent Running
33. Function follows form. 98
Which Parts of Your Pot Need Stirring?
34. You canft win a game you havenft defined. 100
The Scary Swampland Between Thinking and Doing
35. Whenever two or more are responsible for something, usually nobody is. 103
The Inner Committee
36. Prime your principles instead of policing your policies. 106
You Are at Your Best When . . .
37. Use your mind to think about your work, instead of thinking of it. 109
Is Form Formless?
38. You are thinking more valuably than you may think. 111
Freedom and Form Fun
39. The necessity to plan and organize is inversely proportional to your perceived resources. 114
Why the Human Race Is Taking So Long to Evolve
PART IV: RELAX AND GET IN MOTION
or How to Be Where the Action Is 117
40. Youfre the only one playing your game. 119
The New Fundamentals
41. Too controlled is out of control. 122
Are You an 8Organizing Groupiee?
42. The better you get, the better youfd better get. 125
43. Trusting your action choice requires multilevel self-management. 127
Itfs 9:45 in the Morning. What Should I Do?
44. Your power is proportional to your ability to relax. 130
The Freedom/Productivity Equation
45. Surprises, expected, are no surprise. 133
Productively Peering into the Pit
46. The longer your horizon, the smoother your moves. 136
The Rhythm of Things
47. You speed up by slowing down. 139
Should the Pot Simmer?
48. You donft have time to do any project. 141
The Subtle Sirens of the 8Long Terme
49. Small things, done consistently, create major impact. 144
The Critical 20 Percent
50. You have to do something to know something. 146
Whofs Really Interested in Productivity? (I Mean, Really?)
51. Itfs easier to move when youfre in motion. 149
Overwhelmed? Take the Helm
52. The biggest successes come from the most failures. 151
The Year of Better Choices
PART V: REMIND YOURSELF OF THE FUNDAMENTALS
or Common Sense Isnft That Common 155
THE FIVE PHASES OF WORKFLOW MASTERY 157
PROCESSING AND ORGANIZING WORKFLOW 160
THE NATURAL PLANNING MODEL 161
THE WEEKLY REVIEW 163
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