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Getting Things Done by David Allen

Key Takeaways & Analysis: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Length: 27 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Summary

Getting Things Done by David Allen is the revised second edition of a book on organization and productivity, which was originally published in 2001. Allen takes listeners through the implementation of his method for personal and professional productivity, beginning with the various messy piles of incomplete tasks many people have lying around, and creates structured, trustworthy systems for capturing new tasks and deciding on the next actions to take. The method begins with an overview of the five steps for structuring workflow: capture, clarify, organize, reflect, and engage. Then new principles and processes are introduced, including the four criteria for choosing which action to take on next, the threefold model for evaluating what work must be done, and the six levels - or horizons - for reviewing a task. The methods make considerable use of lists, physical inboxes, and folders. By the end of the book, the listener will have all the tools to create systems, files, and lists necessary to carry out their day-to-day projects, with fewer things falling through the cracks and less anxiety over what has fallen behind or gone undone.

This companion to Getting Things Done includes:

  • Overview of the book
  • Important people
  • Key takeaways
  • Analysis of key takeaways
  • And much more!
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  • jane milrod
  • 03-05-16

Awful

This summary is a complete waste of time. I have read the book , and wanted a resource for a quick refresher. This summary does not touch on any of the implementation recommendations , no tools mentioned , no systems described . Do not waste your time.

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  • Patrick Ferry
  • 02-02-16

YIKES

What disappointed you about Getting Things Done by David Allen?

Was excited to review the GTD principals again, and not sure what they were talking about?

What was most disappointing about Eureka Books’s story?

It seemed like they were talking about their industry and experiences vs advise to others. Didn't get it.

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I'm not sure if I wasn't in the right mood for the book, but i'm definitely not going to go back and try again. Love GTD, read everyone of the books because i'm constantly seeking refreshers and ideas on how to implement into my life and business. This did not help "me."