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Not quite. Yes, Getting Things Done offers a complete system for downloading all those free-floating gotta-dos clogging your brain into a sophisticated framework of files and action lists--all purportedly to free your mind to focus on whatever you're working on. However, it still operates from the decidedly Western notion that if we could just get really, really organised, we could turn ourselves into 24/7 productivity machines. (To wit, Allen, whom the New Economy bible Fast Company has dubbed "the personal productivity guru", suggests that instead of meditating on crouching tigers and hidden dragons while you wait for a plane, you should unsheathe that high-tech sabre known as the mobile phone and attack that list of calls you need to return.)
As whole-life-organising systems go, Allen's is pretty good, even fun and therapeutic. It starts with the exhortation to take every unaccounted-for scrap of paper in your workstation that you can't junk. The next step is to write down every unaccounted-for gotta-do cramming your head onto its own scrap of paper. Finally, throw the whole stew into a giant "in-basket".
That's where the processing and prioritising begin; in Allen's system, it get a little convoluted at times, rife as it is with fancy terms, subterms, and sub-subterms for even the simplest concepts. Thank goodness the spine of his system is captured on a straightforward, one-page flowchart that you can pin over your desk and repeatedly consult without having to refer back to the book. That alone is worth the purchase price. Also of value is Allen's ingenious Two-Minute Rule: if there's anything you absolutely must do that you can do right now in two minutes or less, then do it now, thus freeing up your time and mind tenfold over the long term. It's common sense advice so obvious that most of us completely overlook it, much to our detriment. Allen excels at dispensing such wisdom in this useful, if somewhat belaboured, self-improver aimed at everyone from CEOs to football mums (who, we all know, are more organised than most CEOs to start with). --Timothy Murphy --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This book was recommended to me by a work colleague and it is worth every penny and more. I thought it was very practical, no waffle, straight to the point. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Emer parker
Excellent def recommend has helpt me organise my life never mind work.Published 8 days ago by Mr. L. J. Watson
Declutter, file your stuff, list your to dos and deal with them in appropriate categories and at appropriate times .... Read morePublished 27 days ago by plotter
This book has spawned a whole movement around the GRD concept. And I can see why. The only problem is that (to me at least) the book is too repetitive and overlong, so the latter... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A Fan
im glad i bought this and read. many of the critricisms about the book is true but, for me, it was a God-send.Published 1 month ago by LR
Great book, one of my core methods to manage my day in a relentlessly busy job managing a large team of people. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gman
Really useful. Even if you take a few tips from the book, it's worth it for those looking to improve on work based efficiency.Published 2 months ago by BZA