• Ready for Anything

  • 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life
  • By: David Allen
  • Narrated by: David Allen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 09-26-03
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4.1 (654 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Discover David Allen's powerful productivity principles and vastly increase your ability to work better, not harder - every day.The "guru of personal productivity" - Fast Company - asks listeners what's holding them back and shows how all of us can be "ready for anything" - with a clear mind, a clear deck, and clear intentions. Ready for Anything offers you ways to immediately:

Clear your head for creativity
Focus your attention
Create structures that work
Take action to get things movingAllen's simple yet powerful principles help us master the mental game of productivity - what he calls "managing your mind, not your time." In motivational, bite-size lessons, we learn how to bring the calm focus of the martial artist to the onslaught of choices, decisions, and new circumstances we are faced with daily. Each principle - from "speed up by slowing down" to "the value of a future goal is the present change it fosters" - encourages us to think in fresh ways and to take action in order to achieve more relaxed control, ease, and fun in all our activities. With wit, inspiration, and know-how, Ready for Anything shows us how to make things happen with less effort, stress, and ineffectiveness, and lots more energy, creativity, and clarity. This is the perfect audiobook for anyone wanting to work and live at his or her very best.
©2003 David Allen; (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Inc. All Rights Reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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By Jeff on 10-06-03

Good follow-up to

David expands on the basics that he laid out in his first book "Getting Things Done." So, if you enjoyed his first book and found his methods useful, you'll also get a lot out of "Ready for Anything." However, since this book build on the previous one. I would highly recommend listening to "Getting Things Done" first.

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By Oyvind on 07-05-04

Excellent follow-up

This is a follow-up from David Allen's first book "Getting things done". I highly recommend both, but this book makes better sense if you read "Getting things done" first.

"Getting things done" tells all the techniques to get things done. "Ready for anything" is a collection of essays about how to make sure the system works better, and thoughts about how to organize yourself and how to think about this. This is one of the audiobooks I listen to the most, as the different thoughts David Allen has about things becomes useful for me as I learn to organize my life, my stuff and my thoughts.

My advice: Buy "Getting things done" first. Use it for a month or three, then buy this one. And re-listen to it every six months. Or when you need some advice or inspiration for your life.

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By Kitty C on 12-23-12

Follow up to the brilliant Getting Things Done

David Allen is a productivity guru and this book moves on further with his philosophy of Getting Things Done. Each little essay is well written and they are very listenable. Putting his principles in to practice will help you gain a "mind like water" and generally unburden you from a lot of your everyday stress. Once you basically take on board the essence of GTD, you will find you have a better handle on a lot of the day to day struggle with work and with home.



If you have ever seen 43 things or 43 folders on the web, these websites all sprang from GTD and GTD is a worldwide phenomenon with a lot of avid followers. I have all three of his books and I was pleased to find this one on audio book, it suits the audio format well - i just wish that the original GTD and his third book Making It All Work were also available.

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By Gustav on 08-19-12

Sadly, not Getting Things Done

I am a Getting Things Done evangelist, and use the system daily. Sadly, David doesn't seem to have any more insights into productivity tips as this book didn't give me anything new.

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By Dan on 06-28-17

Good overview but

Its a good overview but nothing new on getting things done so probably no need if you've ready read that

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By greg barr on 03-30-16

truly amd undeniably amazing

want to get your
black belt. do this and connect with it understand and assimilate it. as it is from the master sensei of productivity

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