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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (Dec 31 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142000280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142000281
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Marchant on Feb. 27 2005
Format: Paperback
David Allen is considered to be one the top five Management consultants in North America according to a Forbes article. I now understand why.
The basic concepts in his book are simple enough and are represented by a flow chart, but there are so many other golden nuggets of "best practice" information within this book that you have to study it to get them all. I've read the book and listened to his second (audio) book "Ready for anything" four times in a row just to reinforce the great points within this book.
The result of implimenting his structure of workflow has suprisingly allowed me to act with more freedom and creativity in my job and a reduction in stress. I can even find stuff easily since setting up my folders and buying a label making machine (his recommendation).
He's really on to something big with his "next action" thinking approach (chapter 11) and his two-minute rule.
One of the best books I've read in the last three years.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Test on June 29 2003
Format: Paperback
Strengths: How to manage the never-ending flow of taskings and redirected taskings for those who work in unorganized cultures. Fairly simple. Can be implemented without fancy tools.
Weaknesses: Still essentially prioritizing emergencies. You may believe that if your in-box is empty you were effective today.
To balance the weaknesses, read Steven Covey's "7-Habits of Highly Effective People", and the book on Habit 3, "First Things First". The older, pre-Franklin-Covey merger book is better than the current offering.
The weakness of the Allen book is that it does not force you to think about your roles and goals, leaving you in the trap of the urgent, being unconsciously unbalanced and never asking the question: How can I prevent these issues, how can I keep the main thing the main thing, and what about the long-term?
The Covey offerings are a little weak (only a little) in handling the myriad and changing tasks that disorganized managers and organizations throw at you. Covey assumes you have a fair about of autonomy in your work life, that you are responsible for results, not for performing tasks.
Bottom line: Read (in this order): "7-Habits", "First Things First", and then Allen. In a hurry? Read First Things First, then the others in the order indicated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Baycity on May 26 2001
Format: Hardcover
Too many books on getting organized tend to be, well, unorganized. Or worse, impractical. They take digressions through academic theories or offer advice which simply won't work in the real world.
Not so with David Allen's "Getting Things Done." He offers clear, concise insights on action-oriented steps anyone can implement to make their worklife more productive and stress free. (He recommends the same approach for dealing with your personal life, and while they may work in this context, I'm not sure how many folks really want to run my family like a business).
Yes, a lot of Allen's advice is simple common sense and he tends to offer lists which simply added pages instead of help. Nonetheless, he presents obvious insights in useful context by showing how they've worked with his clients and it's simple to skip the unnecessary lists. The key is (and this is why I awarded five stars instead of four) Allen's advice is aimed at folks who live in the real world. You can actually implement what he talks about and see results.
While the book may not change your life, it will certainly help you keep it organized and focused. "Getting Things Done" is an ideal gift for the colleague who is more of a "big picture"-type than a detail person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mili Kulugammana on Oct. 6 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
If you're feeling overwhelmed or anxious at work and in general, this book will help you clarify your purpose, and help you help yourself figure out what needs doing next. Very good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DC on June 10 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Really helped get me organized. I love David Allen's advice. I try to follow these methods in many aspects of my life.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 24 2004
Format: Paperback
The Amazon.com review said it well: convoluted, lots of fancy terms, subterms and sub-subterms for the simplest concepts. I find myself spending a lot of time figuring out what he's trying to say. The first three chapters are all theory, added perhaps to make the book respectably sized... much time is spent "telling us what he's going to tell us." I also find it difficult to take a couple of days (or more)to collect all the "to-do" actions in my life; a lot of bosses may have a problem with that, too.
I'm still working with it, though, trying to see if I can get to the system that all these people are raving about.
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By Michelle on June 15 2014
Format: Paperback
I think this book is great it really opened my eyes to see things in a new perspective. I am someone who tends to panic and freak out when I don't have a clear picture of what's going on in my life. However, from reading David Allen's book ,Getting Things Done ,I have been given the courage to actually look at things more cohesively and in detail and look at how it all fits into the grand scheme of all aspects in my life. I would recommend this book to any one who is urging for a little bit of organization in their life. The only thing that sometimes bugged me was that I found it hard to relate to the parts about organizational goals and business related tactics to getting things done(p.s I am student and haven't really experienced many scenarios that fall into that line of thinking). Nevertheless GREAT BOOK. VERY GENERIC AND HARD IT If you are considering to read this book PLEASE TAKE EVERYTHING HE SAYS INTO THE HEART AND PRACTICE IT YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!
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