- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (Dec 31 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142000280
- ISBN-13: 978-0142000281
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity Paperback – Dec 31 2002
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I don't think I am stupid or lazy; I did complete post graduate education, but formal education is full of fixed goals you cannot duck or miss. You can also dedicate your whole life and resources to the single goal of graduating. But real life is much more demanding, both professionally and personally.
I have read many books on becoming organized and have bought more gadgets, filers, office tools than I can count. As I begin to go through all my files and notes, I am running accross my previous aborted attempts to organize my life.
The problem has been that I have never been exposed to a comprehensive system to use all those wonderful tools. All the tools in the world will not help you, until you have the plan and the system that allows you to handle all the "stuff" that comes into your life. Most books only list some mechanical methods to organize some of your life, which can help, but for me, they have made little difference.
David Allen has finally given me the concepts and system I have been looking for. He is not a scolding nag, but he is adamant about some of the things you must do if you are to be organized and most importantly, to get the things done that you want to do. The book is sympathetic with the plight we all face - too many demands on our precious time. David Allen understands our problems and he offers concrete solutions. He provides the framework and the reader provides the details and the goals. What more could you want?
I cannot recommend this book too highly to anyone who really wants to accomplish more with less stress, and is willing to do the work involved. For me, there is no alternative unless I consider moving to a tropical island and ignoring the rest of the world and its demands. Move over Gilligan?
I am certainly waiting impatiently for his next book which comes out in September, 2003. I am sure it will have more tricks and techniques to reinforce the system.
I guess the idea is that once you implement them it can help you greatly. But by the time you finish setting everything up you'll be retiring.
I guess you can pick and choose what you want to implement.
I highly recommend reading this book, but more than that, don't just listen to David's sage advice, put it into action immediately.
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