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Getting Things Done by David Allen

Getting Things Done

The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

by David Allen

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Abridged Edition
Running Time
2 Hrs. 48 Min.
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  4.1  Stars Based on 7 ratings


In today's world of exponentially increased communication and responsibility, yesterday's methods for staying on top just don't work. Veteran management consultant and trainer David Allen recognizes that "time management" is useless the minute your schedule is interrupted; "setting priorities" isn't relevant when your email is down; "procrastination solutions" won't help if your goals aren't clear.

Allen's premise is simple: our ability to be productive is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve stress-free productivity and unleash our creative potential. He teaches us how to:

  • Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box empty.
  • Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations.
  • Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed.
  • Feel fine about what you're not doing.

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

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    Reviewer LOLJPB
     February 17, 2006
    Content review: The Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology is pretty revolutionary. For any of us who are stressed about the number of projects that we have or the number of "open loops" that exist in our life, this system can be a God-send. Having said that, it is a system that sometimes isn't easy to grasp the first time around. I've read David's book, attended his seminars (see my blog post about that here: http://www.learnoutloud.com/content/blog/archives/2005/07/getting_things.html) and listened to his audiobooks. Each time I find myself learning something new.

    That's why the GTD audio book works so well. It's a great reinforcement for the methodology and the habits you'll want to build as part of David Allen's system. The reason I didn't rate it higher is that I do feel that the book is probably the better way to learn GTD (if you had to choose). But if you can do both then I would highly recommend the audio version as it is a great complement.

    Audio-specific review: I listened to the abridged version (approx. 3 hours) of this title through Audible.com. It was narrated by the author who did a great job (David has been doing seminars for years and has solid public speaking skills). The abridgement was well-done considering that some of the material in the book wouldn't translate well to audio.

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    • Published: 2002
    • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: G004381
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