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Getting Things Done: How to achieve stress-free productivity by [Allen, David]
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Getting Things Done: How to achieve stress-free productivity Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1054 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (22 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KKQ4XC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The kindle version of this is not good, I can't image how the publisher thought it was acceptable.

There seem to be typos, the formatting is VERY poor e.g. bullet lists where the bullets don't line up with the lists!

The main workflow diagram is so small you cannot read it, the whole book is based around that so it is pretty critical.

5 stars for the book, but only 3 for the kindle version. Still useful as a reference to carry on kindle, but I would get the print copy. I feel ripped off actually.
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It is totally unacceptable of Amazon to palm us off with a sub standard version of this book. The author should have checked it and the editor must have been asleep. I almost wanted to ask for my money back. The typesetting is amateur and the typos are dreadful. You have been warned.
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Tried several times to write this review but other have explained it better than me. I bought this after I read 'how to Do Everything and be Happy' by Peter Jones. The two books together show you how to get all the jobs that you normally juggle, out of your brain and down on paper - or in my case on google calendar. Once there they can be forgotten about and your brain has time to think about all the fun things you thought you never had time to organise.
I'm retired and shouldn't need these books but wished I'd found them earlier they have transformed my life. If you are unsure download a sample on Kindle and you won't look back.
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Excellent book. Highly recommended. I know it sounds big headed (sorry) but I had evolved most of David's principles for myself over the last 10 or 20 years. I used to use Outlook Tasks to manage my workload but found it limiting from an organisational point of view. Now I use Excel as it has the ability to create criteria to assist with prioritising. You can also filter (to only have visible the immediate tasks rather than a daunting list) and sort (into priority order). Excel also allows me to record the estimated time to complete a job and, at the bottom of the column, using time formulas, how long it will take to complete the currently filtered tasks. I also record roughly how long I took to complete a task (useful for reviews). I can use conditional formatting to highlight particular tasks. Entering tasks into Excel is made easier by keyboard shortcuts such as CTRL+; to enter the current date and CTRL+' to repeat the contents of the cell above. It's altogether such much faster, easier and more efficient than Outlook Tasks. However, I still use Outlook Tasks for reminders and recurring tasks.
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Declutter, file your stuff, list your to dos and deal with them in appropriate categories and at appropriate times .... did it really need 289 pages of endlessly tedious and self-important twaddle to say what is largely common sense?

First off I wish I hadn't bought it and then I wish I hadn't been stupid enough to keep on reading when, after the first few longwinded and confusing pages, I had already decided it was a waste of time. I had heard glowing reports about Dave Allen's "method" so felt there had to be some wisdom to be gleaned from the book. I was so wrong. Don't buy it, google for the summary and flowcharts instead. Or work it out for yourself.
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Great to read, lots of good ideas, but finding it hard to apply as a non-business professional. I feel like you need to be an executive to really make this work. I work in academia, and find it a little less applicable. However, I love some of the ideas - the next actions and organisation tips - ie. using folders and a good filing system - really helps!
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If this book doesn't revolutionise the way you run your life and manage your to-do list, I'll give you a refund MYSELF. It requires quite a radical shift in behaviour, day to day, but it's more than worth it. You will not regret buying, reading and implementing this book.
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I read this and Smart Thinking by Art Markman within a few days of each other and both left me with the exact same conclusion - they both provide nothing more than what is already common sense. In fact, one of the books even points out that a lot of the techniques could be considered common sense.

If you are lacking in common sense then I guess both these books could be helpful but common sense isn't something that should need to be taught and to bunch together a load of what should be instinctive 'techniques' then sell the ideas - repackaged and reworded to sound more intricate and fresh than they really are - is just insulting. Thankfully I was able to loan both books from the library so have not contributed to the lining of the author's pockets. Both books are shameful and not even worth recommending for children or even the most disorganised person!
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