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No mundo atual, em que a comunicação e a responsabilidade crescem exponencialmente, os métodos de ontem simplesmente não funcionam mais. Para resolver esse problema, o veterano consultor e treinador em administração David Allen divide com os leitores as estratégias de sucesso comprovado que introduziu em seminários apresentados nos Estados Unidos e também em grandes organi...more
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Jamie
Ironically, looking in to the GTD (Getting Things Done) system has been bouncing around in the back of my head as something to do for quite some time now. This approach to maximizing productivity is popular among the nerdegalian, probably because of its minimum bullshit approach to actually processing, classifying, and executing what the author David Allen calls "stuff to do." This book discusses the GTD system in its entirety and, more importantly, teaches you how to put it in place.

What I real...more
Jarrodtrainque
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./ Not quite. Yes, Getting Things Done offers a complete system for downloading all those free-floating gotta-do's clogging your brain into a sophisticated framework of files and action lists--all purportedly to free your mind to focus on whatever...more
Melynda
I'm a big geek, and here's proof (if you needed it). I learned about GTD from Merlin Mann's 43 Folders site, and became an instant convert. Because I love folders, lists, diagrams, flow charts, of course, but most of all because with GTD, you have to have a labeller. I love my labeller. I love making labels for my files, and admiring them in their serried ranks, all neat and labelly.

And I do actually seem to be getting more done, even when I factor in all the time I spend labelling.
Jonatron
Jul 08, 2014 Jonatron rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: never-finished, own
I bought this book, and I read some of it. It sat on a shelf unfinished. I read some more. It sat in my car unfinished. I eventually made the decision to never finish it.

I think this is self-explanatory.

[Later...]

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.

[Even later...]

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
Hannah
Jul 16, 2008 Hannah rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hannah by: professor from Leading and Managing Organizations class
I like reading about organizing my life and being more productive, but I think the major lessons of this book could have been condensed in a page or two. Here are the things I remember:

- 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
Josh
Jul 27, 2008 Josh rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I have not had much success applying strategies from productivity gurus. I am referring to books like "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Steven Covey, and other books which share use top-down strategies to order our lives. There are two reasons why these have not worked for me. The first is technical: day-to-day life happens on the level of "stuff". The myriad of small tasks of varying importance and in multiple contexts hampers the effectiveness of top-down approaches. The second...more
Saud Omar
بالنسبة لي, هذا الكتاب هو ثالث أفضل كتاب قرأته في مجال تطوير الذات, بعد العادات السبع, وإدارة الأولويات لستيفن كوفي.

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
Ruben
I'm really glad my wife and I read this book together. It's already been very helpful in getting us to look at the reason so many things never get done on time or sometimes not at all. The book is well written. The writing is very clear, with lots of examples, though it's a bit dry in the middle and a little flowery on the ends. (That sounds like a description of a scone or something.) We're still working on getting our system set up (I mean filing cabinets for reference material) so I might nee...more
Tracy
Apr 27, 2011 Tracy marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I'm listening to this because I need to get a grip on my life.

I can't even focus enough to listen about how to get my life together, much less do it.
Bria
Jul 09, 2013 Bria rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bria by: Michael Raimondi
If you find yourself turning a little moist and your pulse quickening with pleasure when you read words and phrases such as:

-High-performance workflow management
-Family commitments
-Priority factors
-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
-assembly-line modality
-workforce
-values thinking
-desired results
-ups the ante in the game
-deal effectively with the complexity of life in the twenty-fir...more
Dianna
Recall the last time you went on a significant vacation from work: before you left you cleared all your to-dos, emptied your inbox, tied all the loose ends, and organized the things you'd tackle when you came back. Felt pretty good to leave that last day, right?

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
Letitia
David Allen's smirking white male face on the cover of this book may convince that he's successful...but the man should reserve his smirk for one on one business dealings. The biggest issue with this book is, I couldn't get it done. Getting Things Done is written for a non-existent audience: a procrastinator with enough motivation to actually plow through Allen's dry instruction manual.
David
I'd heard about David Allen and his "Getting Things Done" system in the past, but I never paid it much attention. I decided to investigate further a little while back, and finally picked up the book two weeks ago. And now I've read it; and I expect I'll go back and re-read this book in a couple months. I may revise my rating at that time.

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
Sarah Heffern
May 16, 2007 Sarah Heffern rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: disorganized people with too much free time
This book should have been a 3,000-word article. It was full of useless details (e.g. listing the types of materials out of which an inbox might be made), redundant to the point of making me crazy, and overflowing with multi-step systems for this, that, and the other (seriously, keeping the 3- or 4- or 6-step filters straight would require flashcards).

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
Michelle Powers
Tried the print and the audio and just couldn't grasp the system which would enable me to get lots and lots of stuff done in an easy manner without struggle. I guess once you get through the book, nothing else seems like as much of a struggle.

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?

peter
I went through parts of this book/lecture series when I was an undergrad, but am revisiting the audiobook now. It provides some very helpful ways to look at life and how you do the things you do.

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
James Rye
I bought this book because I had been excited by using the free productivity software IQTELL which links emails, calendars, and to do lists, and has been built around the principles of Getting Things Done (GTD). Having found the software useful, I bought the book.

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
Tryn
Since the age of 14 I’ve been obsessed with how to make the most of each day, how to use my time to the greatest effect. So I’ve read a fair number of books on this topic and gleaned principles along the way. This is the best book of its kind I have read so far. Maybe I feel this way because David Allen takes a similar approach to my own in getting things done. He confirm that some of my intuitive time-management practices are sound and effective. Allen also taught me how to refine those process...more
Bill
How To Get Things Done has help me immensely in "getting organised". It was quite hard work to read, perhaps because I only wanted to read it as fast as I was putting things into practice -- and so it has taken me about 3 years to read it all the way through!! The key ideas have been a) collecting and recording every single input into a trusted system of lists etc b) the 2 minute rule (deal with it immediately if it takes less than 2 minutes) c) the "Next Action": never record somthing in vague...more
Robert
Since it might take less than two minutes to write this review, I'll just do it now... The two-minute rule is one of the only things I remember from this book (which I read more than five years ago). I generally like the rule, but have found it problematic when something else also comes to mind, and I forget what that was within two minutes =)

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
Ahmad
The main idea of this book is awesome & it really works. On the other hand, the details are not that important.
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.
Michael Jones
Jan 04, 2013 Michael Jones rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michael by: Travis
I really liked this book a lot. I didn't like it as much for its detailed descriptions of physically how to organize things (some of those are way over the top... thirty-one folders, one for each day of the month? Really? And then twelve more for the next twelve months? You've got to be kidding me!) as for the basics of how to think about the stuff you have to do. Maybe it was easier for me to see the point because I was already well on my way to creating my own similar system; I had put most of...more
Josh
Before I justify the five-star rating, there are a couple of qualifications:

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
Vladimir Silchenko
I really liked main ideas: keeping mind free of thoughts, actions based planning etc.
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
Neeraj Sachdeva
Complete Review Available Here

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
Tanya W
I thought this was a good book with a lot of practical suggestions... if only I could remember them! I did find my notes about a year later.

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
Gail
This book has changed my life. Not because it's given me a new way necessarily of viewing the world — not like that – but in giving me a new approach to ORGANIZING my life which, maybe in the end, DOES affect how I view the world.

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
Clara
When I first picked up this book, I was prepared for it to be mind numbingly boring and didn't really expect much. I was relieved to find out I was wrong on only one account. It was mind numbingly boring, true [but isn't that the case with how-to books?]. But I did glean bits here and there about productivity. There were a lot of things written down that were self affirmations, but Allen presented neat tricks that I am confident in integrating in my daily life. Not everything- because I feel if...more
Amy
Sep 05, 2012 Amy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Author was quoted on the back of another book I was reading so I thought I'd check it out.
Shelves: business, non-fiction
Oy, this guy.

If you are a disorganized mess, his book does not have enough step-by-step to help you. If you have a hint of what you're doing, he is quite vague with no actual hands-on tips.

Here are his main ideas:
-- Your mind is always keeping a running to-do list in the background while you're doing other things. This noise distracts you from what you're doing and makes you feel worried that you should be doing something on that list. Shut out the running to-do list and you can focus on one thi...more
Steve
Sep 01, 2007 Steve rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: busy people
You've got too much to do and you're trying to juggle it all. How do you manage the overload of tasks? David Allen's "Getting Things Done" book offers a comprehensive, it-makes-sense system for keeping all of your various tasks under control.

The basic idea of the system is that your brain is unreliable and focuses on the wrong things at the wrong times, so you need to either work on something as soon as it arrives or use a system that you trust holds all of your pending work-to-do. Since so much...more
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