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Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life

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The companion to the blockbuster bestseller, Getting Things Done.

Since its publication in 2001, Getting Things Done has become, as Time magazine put it, "the defining self-help business book" of the decade. Having inspired millions of readers around the world, it clearly spoke to an urgent need in an increasingly time-pressured society. Now, in the highly anticipated se
Paperback, 302 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Penguin Books (first published 2003)
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Nov 24, 2015 Gregory rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let me start out by saying I loved Mr. Allen's first book "Getting Thing's Done" and have put the practices in to place, have sent employees to his seminar and have generally been a cheerleader.

This book falls flat. This is what it felt like Mr. Allen was saying to me.

1. You DIDN'T understand what I was trying to say in my first two books.
2. You CAN'T understand what it was I was trying to say in my first two books.
3. Let me make this more academic and less understandable so I can write another
Jun 24, 2013 Jaqui rated it really liked it
This is billed as a sequel to Allen's Getting Things Done, and as a sequel, it may disappoint those who've already read the first book cover-to-cover, and are desperate for new material. However, as a revision of the original GTD system, it's exactly what I was looking for. Getting Things Done contained a lot of useful information, but was deeply lacking in some places: the horizons of focus, for one, were mentioned, but not really expanded on, and I was left with the feeling I was supposed to b ...more
Apr 03, 2015 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
This book feels influenced by critics of Getting Things Done. Much of it feels like he's saying, "yes this is common sense, yes it could be simplified, yes it could be more complicated, etc BUT." So parts are essay about those BUT's to critics. This book does not stand on its own. You really must have read Getting Things Done. Because it was fresh in my mind, I liked a lot in here. Just wish there was something new and thought provoking. It's always good to refresh yourself, but I was hoping for ...more
I read and enjoyed Getting Things Done a few years ago, and implemented his system in my own way, unsuccessful in the end, but knowing. This is like a brand extension of his first book, adding a bit where things were not made clear in the original, and repeating some of the basics. Sort of a Double-Stuf Oreo of a book. Like the Double Stuf, I found this one not very necessary when you have the original, but there are circumstances where it has some value. For me, that was mostly for topics relat ...more
For those who have read and/or familiar with Allen's Getting Things Done, this is a great follow-up. If you like Allen's strategies for organization and general productivity, but occasionally find yourself "falling off the wagon," this book will help.

The book elucidates the major mindsets crucial to GTD, but sometimes gets too wrapped up in its philosophical approach. The "horizons of focus" will cloud your system if you worry about implementing them as actual components, rather than a way to en
Bartłomiej Kurzyk
Do Davida Allena nie mogę podejść obojętnie. Jestem fanem.

Z GTD jest trochę tak, że do pełnej aplikacji systemu trzeba dojrzeć. Mój pierwszy kontakt to jakieś 10 lat temu i pełna koncentracja na operacyjnej części GTD - listy zadań, projektów, archiwum, proces itp. Im dalej w las tym bardziej czuję potrzebę skorzystania ze strategicznych elementów systemu - horyzonty skupienia, cele wizja itp. Jednocześnie jestem mocno zainteresowany pogłębieniem wiedzy na temat wszystkich elementów, które już
Don Mario
Aug 22, 2016 Don Mario rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mi sembra doveroso un chiarimento: il contenuto del libro merita 5 stelle. Il metodo GTD è il consiglio professionale più efficace che abbia mai ricevuto. Le 3 stelle si riferiscono alla qualità del libro: trattandosi di una rivisitazione di Detto, fatto! L'arte dell'efficienza, dopo circa due decenni di applicazione, mi sarei aspettato qualcosa di più quanto a sintesi nell'esposizione e concretezza nei consigli.

Resta che, se non conoscete il GTD, almeno uno dei due libri dovete proprio leggerlo
Nov 11, 2015 Thadeus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, effectiveness
This book is truly the book I needed at this time. Having accumulated more and more responsibilities and areas of focus in my career over the last three years, I have found it difficult to ‘keep up’ with all the things that need to be done. I have heard of GTD before, but haven’t read the book. I think this may have made it a little harder to take everything in as I read, but I still feel like this was the best book for giving me clarity in the possibility of making it all work.

The Control/Persp
Jeff Yoak
Making It All Work is a great sequel to Getting Things Done The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. GTD really changed my life and helped me to get control of the things that I'm doing. This book came along just in time to help me broaden my scope of attention and planning just when having control was starting to make me yearn for a bit more direction. I would recommend this book to anyone, but personally I do think it should follow GTD. If I had encountered this book first, I think I would have be ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Rukshana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread-someday
I really liked the first chapter or two of this book and the chapters on perspective toward the end. He expands on the different levels of perspective in this book, something that was lacking somewhat in Getting Things Done. The appendices were really helpful as well - good to have some visual aids to the concepts in the book and it saved me all the notetaking I did with his first book!

David Allen always has something interesting to say, and it amazes me how he can expand so much and add value t
Alissa Thorne
This book went beyond the productivity and organizational system introduced in GTD, and focused on the higher levels of life management. It covered many of the things that I had big question marks around at the end of GTD--what about responsibilities, long term goals? How do I make sure I'm keeping track of the things that matter, and not getting mired in the day-to-day tasks?

While it addressed these questions, the tone of the book was both more self-helpey than GTD, and less refined. The "horiz
This book digs a little deeper into the principles Allen laid out in Getting Things Done, spending a bit more time on each of the steps in his process for dealing with what's on your mind, and on the varying levels of perspective we have on our life, from fundamental principles to that thing we've got to do right now. It's an inspiring system for gaining control and perspective over your life, enabling you to move forward with greater clarity.

I'm still learning to apply GTD consistently, but eve
Shawn Camp
May 08, 2012 Shawn Camp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, read-2012

Now I've read Getting Things Done and implemented the GTD process. I though this book would help explain some things I may have not focused entirely on and help me reach the mind like water stage. Not only did it explain those areas, it helped me focus on every area I was weak in but didn't realize it. This book re-energized the entire process and I thought I was already excited for the process before that. thank you, thank you, thank you!
Andrew Saul
Apr 11, 2015 Andrew Saul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shared
I read this after practising GTD for about 3 years previous. It has definitely increased the value I get out of GTD.

Think of this as the philosophical reflection that is critical to take any person past merely being decent at what they do to being great at it. This book looks harder at the ideals of what you are trying to achieve with the GTD process and why you want to use it.

I would not recommend this to anyone new to GTD. Start with the first book. After you've gotten comfortable with your ow
Nov 17, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of the GTD methodology and somebody who found David Allen's original "Getting Things Done" book a life-changing read, I recently re-visited "Making It All Work".

This book builds upon the ideas originally shared in Getting Things Done and I'd go as far as to say that if you've read GTD, then you probably don't need to read this. With that said, this book offers more practical examples of GTD in action than the original book and as a long-time fan of the GTD methodology, I found this
Dec 02, 2014 Oliver rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of GTD and Allen's first book was revolutionary. If you are expecting lots of new ideas in the sequel you will be disappointed. This book simply offers deeper exploration of the ideas of the first, in particular offering a more detailed look at using the horizons of focus, an important and often overlooked aspect of the GTD system.

Unfortunately, the book came out at the dawn of the smartphone age so is rather dated, referring to keeping notepads for capture by all the phones in your ho
Jan 27, 2011 Cathleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Ehhh. I like David Allen's system, but this book was hard to get through. It tended to be redundant and wordy. He could have edited the book to highlight and explain his core principles and have added additional strategies. It would have been a more productive use of time to reread Getting Things Done.
Jan 19, 2016 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newly-read-2016
Have a GTD resurgence going on in my organizational life. I saw this book, never knew it came out and I enjoyed it - probably more 3 stars for my rating system normally, but it's riding on the coattails of the original GTD. This particular book, in my opinion, re-explained his first book, but in new ways. The material is repetitive, but if you're like me, and less technical, more touchy feely, I found this explanation more helpful than reading the original. If that makes sense???

Anyway, I've alw
Nov 02, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Making It All Work (MIAW) is great to read after you've been implementing the concepts in Getting Things Done (GTD) for a few months. Allen refines the ideas first explained in GTD, provides more psychological explanations for the success of GTD techniques and then gives the reader a whole lot more to work on/with. He's written MIAW in a way which would allow someone who's never read GTD to benefit from the book, but it's much, much more effective as a follow-up to GTD.
Toma Ossian
This book is supposed to help you get control and perspective in your life, the two things that people need in order to properly function. I liked the ideas the the author puts forward, especially when he writes about getting control through capturing, clarifying organizing, reflecting and engaging. These are the processes that will help you think straight considering you put some thought and action into each of them. However, I feel that some parts of the book were more appealing, while the oth ...more
Sheena Abraham
Jul 20, 2016 Sheena Abraham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This dude has such a nerdy writing style. I love it. It's not an easy read, but if you pay attention and stay along for the ride, it's solid advice. Good follow-up and reinforcement of his other book Getting Things Done.

What's valuable for me is his emphasis on reflection, processing and regular renegotiating with yourself.

Not everyone will love this book, but the timing of reading this is just right for me. It gives me permission to take the tasks I've been procrastinating and freaking out abo
Jul 19, 2016 Barkingstars rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Getting Things Done changed my life, so I was glad to review GTD again with this book that reviews and expands on it.

Allen claims that those new to GTD could start here but I'm sceptical of that; I'd recommend new comers start with Getting Things Done as it's simpler and says more about the basics

For those of us already familiar then this great for expanding on and rethinking GTD. In particular I feel a better understanding of the higher, strategic levels. The appendices are a great reference
Leader Summaries
Desde Leader Summaries recomendamos la lectura del libro Haz que funcione, de David Allen.
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En el siguiente enlace tienes el resumen del libro Haz que funcione, Cómo tomar el control de nuestro trabajo adoptando siempre la perspectiva adecuada: Haz que funcione
This books added greatly to my GTD system implementation by introducing the horizons of focus. By organizing everyday basic tasks, work, stuff and everything that had my attention I was able to come to realization about some of my priorities and life vision for the next few years and for the rest of my life and it was always hard for me to do it other way around: choosing life-long goal, setting the vision of my life for the next couple of years and thing like that. So, yes - it works. I'm very ...more
Lindsay Wilcox
I really enjoyed this book. Trent Hamm at The Simple Dollar calls this the philosophy of GTD, and I completely agree. After I put the GTD methodology into place in my work and personal life, and then read the book, I felt like I was in control, but something was missing. It was perspective. I loved reading the philosophy behind the steps of control (the well-known 5-step GTD process of capture, etc.) That made everything come together. The chapters on perspective left me wanting. They felt much ...more
Rhodes Davis
Sep 22, 2016 Rhodes Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
At the turn of the millennium, David Allen released his landmark work Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity and changed how many of us managed our time and work environment. Striving for the "mind like water", Allen, urges readers to use straightforward filing systems and trusted systems, like calendars and useful lists, freeing the mind to focus on the needs of the moment.

Allen has various techniques for effective work such as performing a "mind dump," unloading all the thing
Jan 10, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: utilitas, 01
I strongly recommend this book if you read the first and have been working at applying GTD for a year or more. I first tried to read this about a year after I had read the first GTD book, and put it down in disappointment. I was caught up in the fussiness of realising GTD through software (Org-Mode in this case): an easy mistake to make, given how much is written on the web from this point of view, and also just how much wrangling with messy and incomplete commitments I encountered. Coming back ...more
Alain Burrese
Sep 25, 2012 Alain Burrese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Making It All Work: Winning At The Game Of Work And The Business Of Life" by David Allen is a follow up and companion book to his widely popular "Getting Things Done." If you have read the first book, and want a little extra on the same principles, with some further guidance in them, you may enjoy this book. If you are looking for something completely different, or expanded on, you may be disappointed.

The book does repeat the same concepts, so if you have not read the first book, you won't be l
Jul 05, 2011 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm really not one for American business gurus and life coaches but Allen's earlier book really did change everything for me. I have an eclectic job and had got used to a life of "slightly swamped". Following Allen's mantra of "getting clear" I now operate on a zero inbox, weekly reviews, contextual to dos, etc and it helps. A lot.

In this sequel Allen reinforces much of what he has said before which I've found useful for reflecting on how it has all gone so far. He extends this to consider highe
Gene Babon
Sep 19, 2011 Gene Babon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Making It All Work is a valuable companion to Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, the ultimate guide to getting anything and everything on track. The core tactic to stress-free productivity is to capture EVERYTHING into a trusted system.

The purpose of this volume is to reinforce and deepen the core principles of the first volume -- GTD to the uninitiated. Much of Making It All Work covers the concepts of the five stages of Control and the six stages of Perspective presented
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David Allen is a productivity consultant who is best known as the creator of the Getting Things Done time management method.

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
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