Getting Things Done

The Art of Stress-free Productivity

by David Allen

Number of pages: 288

Publisher: Piatkus Books

BBB Library: Personal Success

ISBN: 9780749922641

About the Author

David Allen has had more than 20 years’ experience as a management consultant, executive coach and educator. He has been called one of the world’s most influential thinkers on productivity.


Editorial Review

Getting Things Done inspires you to put all this into a new behavior set that will blow your mind. This is a vaccination against day-to-day fire-fighting, the so-called urgent and crisis demands of any given work, and an antidote for the imbalance many people bring upon themselves: that is how people who are the most productive end up being the people with the emptiest heads. The elegant executive execution means no residue, they start and end the day with a clear desk. Getting Things Done, explains how to reinforce your organizational system and free not only brain space, but also time. If we keep physical place markers for everything, then we can manage interruptions without stress and recover in less time.

Book Reviews

" Around the world, plenty of devotees of "GTD"—shorthand used by bothAllenand his followers to describe the Getting Things Done method—havetasted it. The first edition of his book, published in 2001, has been translated into more than 30 languages,and he just published a revised edition this year. The fans are numerous and varied,includingAtlantic magazinewriterJames Fallows(who wrote the forewordto Allen'srecently updated version) and"Hot Tub Time Machine" starRob Corddry."The Washington Post

"Now we have all had a day planner or to do list but this book Getting Things Done takes it to a new level. It’s all about closing the ongoing loops in your head and getting your plans, actions and steps out of your head and into a system that you review on a regular basis to keep you moving forward. The good news is that it’s flexible and for once one of these “self help” books actually acknowledges that life throws things at you on a daily basis and you need to adapt your priorities and actions on a regular basis." HBA Encompass

"Almost 15 years after it was first published, David Allen’s book,Getting Things Done (GTD), remains an entrepreneur’s bible. The guru’s methods behind the international franchise ofworkshopsand one-on-one coaching aimed at reducing mental and physical clutter are as relevant, if not more so today. The original book, released has been updated to reflect and address some of the biggest contemporary challenges to productivity: emails, multi-tasking and action items that never make it off the to-do list."Forbes

"In a quick nutshell GTD is about getting things out of your mind and into a system that alleviates stress and increases productivity. The 5 key concepts of capture, clarify, organize, reflect and engage make up the pillars of the methodology and do produce results." Arkus

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Wisdom to Share

Your head is for having ideas, not for holding them. Once you understand that, it will change your life.

If you have ten minutes before that next meeting, find a ten-minute-thing to do; this will utilize the little time that occurs throughout the day.

Always keep an inventory of things that need to be done that require very little mental or creative horsepower. When you are in those low-energy states do them.

At the end of the day, you must have made some conscious decisions about your responsibilities, goals and values.

Mastering the flow of your work at all levels you experience that work, provides a much more holistic way to get things done and feel good about it.

The more you evaluate, challenge or criticize the ideas being put forward, the less likely it is that something original will emerge.