Getting Things Done

  • by David Allen
  • Narrated by David Allen
  • 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In today's world of exponentially increased communication and responsibility, yesterday's methods for staying on top just don't work. Veteran management consultant and trainer 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.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 and unleash our creative potential. He teaches us how to:

Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box empty.
Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations.
Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed.
Feel fine about what you're not doing.From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.


What the Critics Say

"[Allen is] the personal productivity guru." (Fast Company)


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Getting Things Done

This is a fantastic book and the ideas are helpful, but the abridged version leaves out too many details. I also have the book, and have found that I must refer to it in order to get essential information that will allow me to implement the author's suggestions.
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- Rick

who is the target here?

OK, real quick. The average business person, even a relative newbie is way beyond the "techniques" in this book. This is a good book for domestic engineers with a LOT of tasks and subtasks, a college kid trying to stay on top of his/her studies/clubs/work etc, an administrative assistant, prhaps a VERY BRAND new office employee who still has their price tag and doesn't know where the bathroom is yet. But as a 14 yr manager, I wouldn't want my folks depending on elaborate lists and keep/don't keep quick and dirty decisions to manage their workload and priorities. I would suggest starting with Covey's "First Things First" which, in my humble opinion, is still one of the best books for establishing a solid base of principles for decision making which will pay much higher dividends than a "get more done in an hour" book. Are you BRAND new to multiple simultaneous tasks and just need some type of structure?..sure...this will probably help. Are you a maturing manager of tasks, people or projects OR a battle hardened business vet looking to be more effective....this is not for you. Again, look to Covey, McCormack or the like for more strategy and priciple based techniques.
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- Chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2002
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio