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Getting Things Done

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  86 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Learn quickly and easily how to: -Set your priorities according to your goals and not someone else's. -Decrease stress and increase energy by the use of leisure time and breaks. -Avoid bottlenecks, clutter, and information overload. -Concentrate completely on the specific task at hand. -Delegate authority and responsibility and give credit where it is due. -Emphasize effec ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 1984 by Bantam (first published 1976)
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Don Kaiser
Really basic. Really dated. I bought this book off the Goodwill clearance rack, so I guess I got my money's worth. What attracted me to it was the author, Ed Bliss. He was Edward R. Murrow's newswriter at CBS News and we studied his techniques in J-School. Plus, I'm into all things Murrow. Until stumbling on this book, I had no idea Bliss fashioned himself as a time management expert. Despite the very shallow, just-scratching-the-surface approach to the topic, I did find a few valuable nuggets: ...more
Daniel Taylor
The format of this book was unexpected: a series of short essays on time management ideas, arranged in alphabetical order.

In their day, some of these ideas would have been groundbreaking. The very first chapter, "After-Action Reports," gives a tool to improve your performance at any event that repeats.

Some of the sections anticipated the wave of time management that developed in the 1990s and 2000s. In "Categories of Time Use," Bliss describes a way of dividing time that matches the four quadran
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Krishna Kumar
A wonderful time management book - it talks about all the different ways a person can save time by prioritizing tasks and handling them in ways to reduce time consumption. It addresses topics like procrastination, meetings, paper work, etc. The only downside of the book is that it was written in a pre-Internet era and hence does not talk about time management issues around email and other web-based distractions of the modern workplace.
Maryann
I tend to read a lot of books about motivation. This one is different because it focuses on the goal of the project, not the motivation to do it. I loved this easy read.
Colleen Wainwright
David Allen's GTD system owes much to the simple, straightforward work of Ed Bliss. That said, if you're looking for a soup-to-nuts system, David Allen's Getting Things Done should be your first (and possibly only) stop; if followed with fanatical adherence, it produces fantastic results. Or so I hear from my friends who have been able to achieve this mythical state. And yes, I half-hoped that reading this book would Change My Life, and no, of course it didn't. What book can, right? Or at least, ...more
Vroomfundel
Really nice practical overview of time management practices, informative as well as motivating.

A bit out of date, of course, deals with paperwork rather than computers and emails but the core principles are still valid - you just need to add a finishing touch of Randy Pausch or sth to be well equipped with time management techniques for the 21st century
Polina
Although dated a bit in some parts regarding paperwork and written communication (as we live in the age of email now), the book has still given me many important distinctions and timeless principles that I will be incorporating in my daily routine to make it even more productive.
Chris Billotte
So this was a quick little read. I thought this was the original book where the whole "GTD" started, and maybe it is, but it just glosses over things. Apparently I should have waited for the David Allen book to show up in the thift store. Well, next time.
Lynda
Reread, was surprised I hadn't marked and rated it before. Easy to read and implement approach which also works well in adding to existing system that you are using. Tips are quite useful.
Rob Savidge
Old book, but still very useful. There's no mention of computers or email, but the tips offered still have value.
Peter
I loved it
It was quirky and deceptively simple and I got some great tips from it
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