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Getting Things Done - David Allen

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

GTD Audiobook Cover


Title: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Author: David Allen

Read By: David Allen

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Genre: Business / Self-Help

Number of Cd’s and/or Total running time: 7 CD’s ; > 7 hours

ISBN-13: 978-0743520348

Link to the Author’s and/or Publisher’s Website: David Allen

Link to for purchase (if applicable): Getting Things Done: The Art Of Stress-Free Productivity

Release Date (if applicable): January 1, 2002

Brief Summary:

Getting Things Done (GTD) takes you through all steps of organizing your life. David Allen starts by explaining the basics of taking control of your “stuff” and creating a workflow to process all of the in-boxes of your life and ensure they are emptied and organized. Touching on effectively creating a system to corral your past, present and future, David ensures you maximize your productivity and also maximize your down-time effectiveness.

Do it, delegate it, or table it. Every single item in your life can be broken down and attacked with the GTD formula.

Personal Review:

Focus on Getting Things Done. Over seven hours of lighthearted and entertaining instruction on everything needed to get organized and stay organized.

This is my go-to audiobook. Rarely do I listen to an audiobook more than once and I cannot count how many times this great set of discs has been in my car…actually my cars (plural).

I first listened to this recording when taking a new position in management. While feeling overwhelmed at times, I needed some way to ensure nothing fell through the cracks. Book after book, audiobook after audiobook, and seminar after seminar all had me making lists, ranking priorities, changing calendars, color coding, and implementing systems that were in complete opposition to the previous system. Then came along GTD.

From the first chapter that lays out the concepts of GTD to the final chapter explaining the power of focusing on outcomes, David explains how every scrap of paper, piece of mail, magazine article, phone call, email or any of the countless other “inputs” in your life can be taken from piles to processed. Every item that crosses your mind has a place in the system. Never before had I seen a system that took into account every aspect of my life.

Although I do not follow the system as a strict GTD devotee, I have taken so much from it that I consider myself part of GTD. The impact of taking action swiftly, filing and listing items that could be taken care of later, and knowing what to do with every item (whether or not I actually do, is one of the parts I take my detour) has made enough of a difference that I am recognized by friends, family and co-workers as organized and in control.

If you want to reduce stress, take control of your day and be entertained for hours, I would highly recommend getting this book.



Rating: Excellent



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