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Getting Things Done : The Art of Stress-Free Productivity - David Allen

Getting Things Done

The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Paperback Published: 25th March 2015
ISBN: 9780143573197
Number Of Pages: 352

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Discover David Allen's powerful methods for stress-free performance at work and in life – now completely updated.

David Allen's Getting Things Done was hailed as 'the definitive business self-help book of the decade' (Time) when it was first published almost fifteen years ago, and ' GTD' has since become shorthand for an entire culture of personal organization that offers to change the way people work and live. Now the veteran coach and management consultant has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with new perspectives on today's workplace and incorporating new data that validates his timeless admonition that 'your hear is for having ideas – not for holding them!'

Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective results and unleash our creative potential. From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done will teach you 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
  • Plan and unstick projects
  • Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
  • Feel fine about what you're not doing
About the Author

David Allen is president of The David Allen Company and has more than twenty years experience as a consultant and executive coach for such organizations as Microsoft, the Ford Foundation, L.L. Bean, and the World Bank. His work has been featured in Fast Company, Fortune, Atlantic Monthly, O, and many other publications.


One of the most important books I've ever read


If you only read one book on personal productivity let it be this one. A simple, straight forward approach that has completely changed by work and personal life.



Some information was quite useful


This is a very informative book in helping you sort out your time management and cleaning your mental mind. The updated version has a lot of new methods of managing tasks such as doing it online, new programs and tasks on computers etc which might be useful to an older audience, but as a millennial brought up in the internet age, it was not very useful to re-read things we were raised to use. I found around 15% of the information in this book useful, but 85% of it was repetitive and general information that (I assume) people already know. The bottom-line: Wouldn't hurt to read if you wish to further educate yourself on task management, but a lot of the things stated in this book can be found online.

Brisbane, AU


Getting Things Done

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ISBN: 9780143573197
ISBN-10: 9780143573197
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 25th March 2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised