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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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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

2. You can only feel good about what you’re not doing when you know what you’re not doing. 6

3. Knowing your commitments creates better choices of new ones. 9

4. Getting to where you’re going requires knowing where you are. 12

5. Infinite opportunity is utilized by finite possibility. 15

6. Two commitments in your head create stress and failure. 18

7. Priorities function only at the conscious level. 21

8. Closing open loops releases energy. 24

9. If it’s on your mind, it’s probably not getting done. 26

10. Creativity shows up when there’s space. 29

11. The deeper the channel, the greater the flow. 32

12. Worry is a waste. 35

13. You are not your work. 38

PART II: FOCUS PRODUCTIVELY

or What’s the Point of a Point of View? 41

14. For more clarity, look from a higher place. 43

15. You won’t 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

17. Energy follows thought. 51

18. The clearer your purpose, the more ways to fulfill it. 54

19. Best is much better than good. 57

20. A change in focus equals a change in result. 60

21. Perspective is the most valuable commodity on the planet. 63

22. You have to think about your stuff more than you think. 66

23. You don’t have to think about your stuff as much as you’re afraid you might. 69

24. If you know what you’re doing, efficiency is the only improvement opportunity. 72

25. Only one thing on your mind is “in the zone.” 75

26. The value of a future goal is the present change it fosters. 78

PART III: CREATE STRUCTURES THAT WORK

or It’s Hard to Stay on Track Without Rails 81

27. Stability on one level opens creativity on another. 83

28. Form and function must match for maximum productivity. 85

29. Your system has to be better than your mind for your mind to let go. 87

30. Response ability improves viability. 90

31. Your system is only as good as its weakest link. 92

32. The effectiveness of your system is inversely proportional to your awareness of it. 95

33. Function follows form. 98

34. You can’t win a game you haven’t defined. 100

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

37. Use your mind to think about your work, instead of thinking of it. 109

38. You are thinking more valuably than you may think. 111

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. You’re the only one playing your game. 119

41. Too controlled is out of control. 122

42. The better you get, the better you’d better get. 125

43. Trusting your action choice requires multilevel self-management. 127

44. Your power is proportional to your ability to relax. 130

45. Surprises, expected, are no surprise. 133

46. The longer your horizon, the smoother your moves. 136

47. You speed up by slowing down. 139

48. You don’t have time to do any project. 141

49. Small things, done consistently, create major impact. 144

50. You have to do something to know something. 146

51. It’s easier to move when you’re in motion. 149

52. The biggest successes come from the most failures. 151

PART V: REMIND YOURSELF OF THE FUNDAMENTALS

or Common Sense Isn’t That Common 155

THE FIVE PHASES OF WORKFLOW MASTERY 157

PROCESSING AND ORGANIZING WORKFLOW 160

THE NATURAL PLANNING MODEL 161

THE WEEKLY REVIEW 163

Afterword 165

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670032501
Subtitle:
52 Productivity Principles for Getting Things Done
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Allen, David
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Motivational
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - General
Subject:
Time management
Subject:
Self-management
Subject:
Self-management (psychology)
Subject:
Personal Growth - Success
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
Business Life - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
v 15, No. 8(A)
Publication Date:
20041228
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w chart on page 160
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.44x5.80x.77 in. .68 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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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.

"Synopsis" by , 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.
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