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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity by [Allen, David]
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With first-chapter allusions to martial arts, "flow", "mind like water", and other concepts borrowed from the East (and usually mangled), you'd almost think this self-helper from David Allen should have been called Zen and the Art of Schedule Maintenance.

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

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With first-chapter allusions to martial arts, "flow", "mind like water", and other concepts borrowed from the East (and usually mangled), you'd almost think this self-helper from David Allen should have been called Zen and the Art of Schedule Maintenance.

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


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1589 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; Revised edition edition (17 Mar. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SHL3V8M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 288 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A life saver for anyone feeling overwhelmed. More of a way of life than a quick management fix, it was exactly what I needed. Refining the process takes time and I wouldn't say work is stress free as a result of applying the gtd principles, but it's a million times better. I feel much more in control. So it might be a bit wordy and could be more succinct but I'd rather it gave too much than too little. The best of his 3 books in my opinion. Check out the website for more info and gtd public forums.
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Simply the best system to organising your life at work, and probably at home too. This is a book that shows you what to do, but you will need to put it into rigorous practice to make this stick. I spent a couple of years refining this process, but after 8 years of working with this system this enables me to walk away from work each day and not lose track of my life or have loose thoughts running around in my head for things I thought I should have done.

Good organisation reduces stress. It wont cure all your other work stresses, but better to eliminate one than cope with them all!
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Heard so much about this book that I had to buy it. It's worth every penny and more. Just applying the basic principles in this book has already significantly changed my life
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If you read this and stick to it, it will transform your productivity.

For me the book is a bit verbose at times - however the GTD system is undeniably well articulated and outlined.
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THE get stuff done book - a must read.
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Getting organised by getting ideas.
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Excellent book just don't purchase it on kindle as you will want to mark pages and reference and thats not so easy on kindle. content of the book is really helpful.
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I really enjoyed and learned a lot from this book. I am happy to recommend it.
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