- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus (24 Jan. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749922648
- ISBN-13: 978-0749922641
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.1 x 21.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 191 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-free Productivity Paperback – 24 Jan 2002
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Productivity guru David Allen shows how to organise a busy life, overcome bad habits and still be able to function calmly and effectively (WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY)
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 (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-fo)
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 , AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW)
The management consultant, executive coach and educator David Allen explains how to maintain work efficiency and a clear head when things seem to be mounting on top of you. You will learn how to organise your thoughts, avoid feelings of anxiety and stress, reassess your goals, stay focussed and deal with unexpected demands as part of a system of self-management. Allen explains his tried and tested formula clearly with specific methods and advice.See all Product description
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I have read the typical time management books and if I hear the ‘big rocks first’ story one more time I’ll hurl one of them at someone. What struck home with me in this book was the recognition of things constantly coming our way throughout the day and more than probably from our bosses, or customers who don’t take kindly to being considered a small rock and deferred. This book, therefore, deals with a very pragmatic and defined workflow for managing things we need to get done and understanding the priority. The workflow proffered here is 1. Collect 2. Process 3. Organise 4. Review. Which he covers in great detail.
The book is well written with a style that is easy to read and provides margin notes and images where appropriate. He tends to use bullet points and flowcharts which help illustrate important concepts. If you can take on-board just some of his concepts you’ll notice the difference immediately.
I have been overwhelmed in particular with email management and found many of the tips useful such as organising your inbox into the three components of @ACTION, @REVIEW and @WAITING FOR. I now enjoy the freedom of having an 'empty' inbox at the end of the day. Being properly organised is a real stress reliever.
As a result of this book, I now have put in place systems that I know and trust and that really helps to "switch off" when you need to. I'm feel that this book has made a difference in terms of my efficiency and helped in not having to store things in my head and constantly cycle over what needs to be done.
I don't think this system is for everyone. You can dip in and out and learn some 'tricks' as he calls it but to really get the best out of the system you would need to be very disciplined and committed. Also, I think level of benefit would depends on the job you do or how busy your life is.
On the one hand, this is a 250 page book about making lists. On the other, a clever system system which could change your life (well, in the getting organised sense anyway). His methods have become widely used and he seems to be well respected in the field of time management / consultancy (check him out further on you tube) so he must be doing something right.
Me, well I'm still working on it.
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