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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (30 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749941030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749941031
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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I found a great deal of value in [David Allen's] book. He has put enormous time and thought into understanding what makes us productive and what generates stress. So much of his approach rang true to my personal experience. (MANAGEMENT TODAY)

Making It All Work, builds upon the ideas outlined in his original book, Getting Things Done, and demonstrates the success of his GTD model. It is a "manual for getting anything and everything on track - from a bloated email inbox to a significant profes (CITY MAGAZINE)

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The long-awaited follow-up to the internationally bestselling Getting Things Done

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I read Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-free Productivity a couple of weeks before reading "Making It All Work". Getting Things Done was excellent and provided a thorough overview of David Allen's process and from that I created my own GTD system in about a week. I was hoping "Making It All Work" would take me to another level however I found most of it to be a rehash of Getting Things Done with a few additional stories. Not a bad book but a number of times whilst reading it I did wonder why I was bothering.
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Yes, if you have read GTD then you don't absolutely need to read this. There is a little bit more of the 'why' in this one, and slightly less of the 'how', but they both cover the same ground for the most part.

But reading this was better than re-reading GTD again, mainly because the newness of the words meant that I had to pay attention rather than skim. At the same time, reading it felt like coming home - I cringe to write this, but it's true. I don't enthuse over other self-help books, but David Allen is just great.
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The most difficult aspect of GTD, in my opinion, is getting perspective. Control is easy, just follow the work control flowchart of the original book, but this books elaborates more on the difficult stuff related to the six levels of perspectice; runway, 10,000ft, 20,000 ft, 30,000 ft, 40,000 ft and 50,000 ft. The matrix of control vs perspective is extremely useful, and the matrix is the core of the book.
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David Allen's bestseller Getting Things Done (GTD) taught readers how to gain "focus, control and perspective." Simply put, this theory taught that if you organize your catalog of commitments and review it systematically, that process will relieve you of the stress and burden of having a chaotic to-do list constantly tugging at your consciousness. This positive self-management approach frees you to tap into your highest capabilities and experience true fulfillment. While the GTD method has attracted an international following, this follow-up doesn't quite bring it to the next level. Although it is coherent, cohesive and accessible, it relies a good bit on repetition and rehashes a lot of the original work, particularly in the first two chapters, where Allen sells the system. However, for followers who can't get enough of GTD, and for those who don't know it yet and hope to get organized, getAbstract recommends Allen's latest read, particularly the chapters where he articulates the five stages of control and the "horizons of focus."
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There is a useful rehash of some of the material in Getting Things Done, but Making it All Work is much easier to apply in practice.

As promised in the blurb I did find new strategies I have been able to use to improve the way I work and to apply the principles of Getting Things Done.

If the GTD system is new to you this is also a reasonable introduction to the principles before showing how they can be applied.
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If you are looking for just one book by David Allen on GTD, this is the one to get. Although it doesn't go into as much detail as Getting Things Done on the GTD processes, it does a much better job of showing how things fit together.

If you have already read Getting Things Done, there might be some good additional info, but I am not sure if it justifies the extra cost in both money and time.
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I purchased this a couple of years after reading the main GTD book, hoping that it would help me tidy up areas that weren't working yet & help inspire me. However, I just found it a hard & dry read. Eventually I took it abroad as my only book to ensure I finished it! I knew after the final page that it wouldn't be something I'd go through again, so made some notes & gave it away. For me, it just didn't really add enough value over the original book.
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No one can say that David Allen doesn't lay out a compelling argument for getting organised.

In some ways this book is an update to getting things done as much as it is a follow-up.

You can pick up everything in the book without any prior knowledge of the GTD methods and practices.

Highly recommended.
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