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Ready For Anything: 52 productivity principles for work and life [Paperback]

David Allen
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3 Feb 2011

David Allen, 'the guru of personal productivity' (Fast Company Magazine) and author of the business bestseller GETTING THINGS DONE, inspires us to work better, not harder, in his new book, READY FOR ANYTHING.

Offering over 50 productivity principles to help you clear your head and focus, READY FOR ANYTHING enables you to identify what drives you, what holds you back and how to be ready for anything. With motivational insights and inspirational quotes, READY FOR ANYTHING shows readers how to make things happen with less effort, stress and inefficiency, and lots more energy, creativity and clarity. This is the perfect inspirational and motivational book for anyone wanting to work and live at their very best.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (3 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749941022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749941024
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This fundamentally different look at productivity makes David's book not just a good read, but something to truly live by (Keith Tamashita, author of UNSTUCK: A Tool for Yourself, Your Team and Your World)

Noone makes the challenges of productivity more understandale and manageable (Rob Johnston, President of Leader to Leader Institute)

These powerful and practical pointers for living a more productive life are as subtle and rich as they are simple (Arianna Huffington)

David Allen's productivity principles are rooted in big ideas . . . But they're also eminently practical (Keith H. Hammonds, Fast Company)

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David Allen inspires us to work better, not harder.

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Knowledge! 1 Mar 2004
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Author David Allen lists 52 basic principles for productivity, including: write everything down, do the jobs that nag you, focus on the matter at hand and so on. As he notes, the principles are both simple to understand and difficult to implement. The book is essentially a collection of gleanings from the author’s previous writings, so it does not present a systematic or unified approach to time and productivity management. However, Allen’s straightforward tips are handy, if sometimes duplicative. The number 52 suggests that you might find one helpful tip to use each week in a one-year program of self-improvement and productivity management. In that case, repetition is probably a good thing, since bad habits tend to spring up again like weeds and require the same remedies often. The author is relentlessly upbeat, optimistic and witty, like a motivational speaker. That might be hard to read in a big chunk, but it is easy to digest if you spend a little time every week reading a recommendation and implementing it. We recommend this book to anyone who urgently needs help with time management and productivity.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb book 1 Mar 2006
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David Allen has written another superb book on a subject everyone could make better use of. This book gives guidelines on how to improve ones overall method of dealing with life on a day-to-day basis. It does not preach to the reader about what must and must not happen. It does however give relevant examples that most people will be able to identify with. David explains how most people tend to deal with these situations and why this increases stress. He then demonstrates why his recommendation can add to an organised work method and thus relieve stress.
David has a wonderful writing style that is easy to read. His use of the English language coupled with his clear examples makes this book a joy to pick up.
This book is much broader in content than "Getting Things Done". I would recommend reading "Getting Things Done" if your life is one big mass of confusion, contradiction and generally not moving in one direction. "Ready for Anything" is a secondary phase to give more direction to all aspects of your life. All in all I enjoy reading David Allen's books. The information in them is invaluable and should be adopted by everyone. I will be keeping my copies and making regular reference to them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as good as GTD 12 Sep 2008
By Jezza
More philosophical musings than the hard useful advice of GTD. Funnily enough the summary at the end is better than the one in GTD, so it might be worth buying this book just for that summary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting 26 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really liked the original gtd book. I was expecting this book to expand on the original book and provide practical hints and tips. It didn't. The style is very wordy and theoretical. Reminds me of one of those 70s zen books. Not what I was looking for
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 Aug 2010
I have been reading a chapter from this book every Monday every week for several years. It's a wonderful companion piece to Getting Things Done and the new book, Making Things Work. Very useful. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - Food for thoughts. 9 Nov 2009
Whereas Getting Things Done is a very hands-on manual that not only help you understand GTD but also put it into practice, Ready For Anything is more of a reflection on GTD and all sorts of things that are related to it.
I strongly suggest reading this book AFTER you have read GTD, for it will allow you to better grasp the implications of, and the philosophy behind David Allen's method.

This book is only for those who are already familiar with GTD, I think.

Great stuff anyway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Productivity and Self Discovery 3 July 2008
David Allen's "Ready for Everything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work & Life" is excellent! As the companion book following his widely popular "Getting Things Done", it is a great addition to enhance personal productivity. I found myself revisiting the book time and again to get back on track whenever I felt overwhelmed. It inspired me to look with clarity and I discovered that it is entirely possible to make things happen with less stress and more effectiveness.

Another great resource I found that has helped me tremendously are books and podcasts by Ariel and Shya Kane. If you like David's approach, you might enjoy the Kanes' "Being Here: Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment", and "Working on Yourself Doesn't Work: A Book About Instantaneous Transformation". Though not specifically tailored for productivity, the Kanes' books have made a huge impact on my work and life because they have inspired me to look at the root- how I operate in my life and not to judge what I have done or see. It is very freeing to learn to live in the moment. I can be appropriate to what's showing up in my life and this helps me get things completed with satisfaction. I highly recommend them!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A motivational resource 28 Aug 2007
I greatly enjoyed David Allen's "Getting Things Done" and still read it regularly. Likewise with this book which makes an effective companion volume. Although it is not as detailed and systematic as his earlier book, it is a full of ideas that can be taken on board and developed. It is a good book to carry around for when you have a spare moment as each of the 52 principles are distilled into a short chapter complete with motivational quotes. My only reservation about the book is that there are so many of these quotes that they often distract from the main text.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic book
Impractical, change is not just intellectual, there are two more stages SEEING it and then BECOMING it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Neel
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm marooned about halfway through...
...and for some reason I don't feel able to read much further. Which is odd, because both "Getting Things Done" and "Making It All Work" are great books. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
If you've read GTD, I highly recommend you read this too. GTD changed my life and this brought me to new levels of awareness.
Published 5 months ago by Frank Mullen - founder of Ultra Self Help
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it.
Repetitive and derivative. If you have read GTD then there's nothing new here; if you haven't, go read that instead.
Published 10 months ago by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Short chapters
This book is organised in short punchy chapters - if you're on the train or are short of time, this book is good for small bite sizes pieces - which can be read in 10 or 15... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Yay!!
4.0 out of 5 stars More insights about processing your stuff
This is a good companion book to the author's best-selling "Getting Things Done". As the title suggests, it is composed of brief essays (3 pages max) about key principles... Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2009 by M.I.
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical approach to GTD
This book gives an overview of best practices within the realm of the different areas of the GTD methodology. The book simplifies well through good examples. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2009 by J. BROGAARD
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
Had high expectations after reading GTD. Unfortunately, quite disappointed as the text is very philosophical and difficult to link with day-2-day life/actions. Read more
Published on 21 July 2008 by PS User
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