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Preview — Getting Things Done by David Allen
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
In today's world, yesterday's methods just don't work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our mi...more
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What I real ...more
And I do actually seem to be getting more done, even when I factor in all the time I spend labelling.
I think this is self-explanatory.
Now I'm reading 26 Reasons Not to Use GTD, and it does a good job of articulating the "ehhhh"ness that I felt while reading this.
And if you think GTD's followers are a little cult-like, check this out: When David Allen says in the acknowledgments "deepest thanks go to my ...more
- 2 minute rule: if you remember to do something and it takes you less than two minutes to do it, just go ahead and do it
- write things down in lists so that they don't float around your head and nag at you all of the time
- check your lists frequently and often, actually doing the things on the list (or delegating ...more
-High-performance workflow management
-The ability to be successful, relaxed, and in control during these fertile but turbulent times demands new ways of thinking and working
-key work tool
-ups the ante in the game
-deal effectively with the complexity of life in the twenty-fir ...more
في الحقيقة اني ترددت قبل كتابة هذه المراجعة, وسبب ذلك اني طبقت أفكار الكتاب لفترة ليست بالقصيرة ( وليست بالطويلة أيضاً ) وأود أن أشارك القراء الكثير من الارشادات والتنبيهات والحيل لتطبيق هذه الأفكار, وكتابة مراجعة في" قود ريدز" ربما لن تسمح بكل هذا .. لذلك قررت أن أكتب هنا عن هذا الكتاب باختصار, وان اضيف المراجعة المفصلة لا حقا في مدونتي.
في البداية دعوني أنبّه أن للكتاب ترجمة عربية ...more
David Allen teaches you how to live your life this way: take all your to-dos, projects, etc. then organize them out into Projects, Next Actions, Someday/Maybe projects, Read and Review, and more if you want. Take the Next Actions and eith ...more
The things that irritate me in this book are exactly the things I expected might irritate me. There are plenty of the obligatory breezy anecdotes about the clie ...more
I should have known it wasn’t for me, when the author said “stop making to-do lists.” I mean, really, what would I do with all the cute sticky note pads I have?
While it had some useful tips, I can't imagine anyone having the free time to implement the system fully. Clearly, though, I am wrong in this, jus ...more
There are some key points in this book that can really change how you conduct your life. For me, a few of the big things are:
(1) if you keep everything you worry about doing in your mind, you'll have more anxiety. Instead you should write everything down that you have to do in some sort of trusted system ...more
Frankly, I was disappointed, for two reasons. First, the version I read was an ancient one and give the impression that people had only just started to use computers, so it talked a lot about making lists on bits of paper. Secondly, alt ...more
1. This book is written toward a certain audience: well-to-do people, mostly business executives, mostly men, mostly older. The large majority of examples mentioned are male corporate leaders. There is the occasional nod to a housewife using the system to get her chores done (I kid you not), and a single reference that I can remember to someone whose work is purely creative. I feel that if you know this coming in, it wil ...more
By the time I came to read this, I had already learned many productivity strategies from other books and programs. Perhaps I might have walked away with m ...more
Rather than a book, the whole idea can be delivered in a long blog-post.
If you find a good summary of the book, no need to read it.
Here's my takeaway, based on some thinking from Merlin Mann and other productivity experts/writers:
1) Sit down every week and write down all the stuff you need to do. In ever ...more
Not to mention if your working space isn't under your control at all (for example with hot desking) or is very limited (if you are in a drone-zone) then physically some of the ideas here will be impossible. And of cour ...more
What I didn't like was the format. Firstly - David Allen is not the greatest narrator, to say the least. He's voice is monotonous, not-involving. It's easy to float away from the book and start paying attention at a road while you're driving (which might not be a bad thing after all :) ). Secondly and worst of all - common David, it's 2012 ! I know that the book was written in 2002 (at least the latest revision ...more
Is this book worth reading?
Short Answer: An emphatic YES (Scroll to the bottom for breakdown)
Long Answer (Brace yourself):
The book delivers what it promises, the art of getting things done.
The book is succinctly divided into 3 different parts, each explaining the concept, practical implications (how to) and further explanation. It breaks down each and every task – from shopping for toilet paper to leading a conference – into a list of actions that can streamline you ...more
Anyway, here are some notes I took that will probably only be interesting to me:
see p201 Buddha quote, quote page 252
Let advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
Think about things rather than of them.
"I'm a powerful, effective person making things happen in my life."
Chinese proverb: "Talk does not cook the rice."
Outcome is diconnected from real ...more
Since adopting Allen's GTD method, I'm certainly feeling liberated — intellectually, creatively, you name it. The GTD method revolves around the principle that a person needs to move tasks out of the mind by recording them externally. That way, the mind is freed from th ...more
He is the founder of the David Allen Company, which is focused on productivity, action management and executive coaching. His Getting Things Done method is part of his coaching efforts. He was also one of the founders of Actioneer, Inc., a company specializing in productivity ...more