Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

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Penguin Publishing Group, Dec 31, 2002 - 288 pages
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In today's world, yesterday's methods just don't work. Veteran coach and management consultant David Allen recognizes that time management is useless the minute your schedule is interrupted; setting priorities isn't relevant when your e-mail is down; procrastination solutions won't help if your goals aren't clear. Instead, Allen shares with readers the proven methods he has already introduced in seminars and at top organizations across the country. The key to Getting Things Done? Relaxation.

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. His seamless system teaches us how to identify, track, and-most important-choose the next action on all our tasks, commitments, and projects and thus master all the demands on our time while unleashing our creative potential. The book's stylish, dynamic design makes it easy to follow Allen's tips, examples, and inspiration to achieve what we all seek-energy, focus, and relaxed control.

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An easy read, and full of good advice. - Goodreads
Good book but (for me) it was hard to read. - Goodreads
Reference material in a good way! - Goodreads
Well, the basic premise, of course, is great. - Goodreads
The writing is also not engaging. - Goodreads
Effective at its message and instructions. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Larry Kollar - Goodreads

GTD, as abbreviation-prone 'netters like to call it, is easily the most relevant book on personal organization and productivity I've read. It's much more applicable to non-management types than Covey ... Read full review

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User Review  - Katy - Goodreads

Various other sources (podcasts I listen to, etc.) frequently refer to GTD so I figured I should go to the primary source. Definitely has some useful tips that I will be incorporating into my existing processes, but I'm not sure it's worthy of the cult-like following it has acquired. Read full review

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About the author (2002)


David Allen is an international author, lecturer, and founder and Chairman of the David Allen Company, a management consulting, coaching, and training company. His two books, "Getting Things Done" and "Ready for Anything" were both bestsellers. He is a popular keynote speaker on the topics of personal and organizational effectiveness.

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