Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

by David Allen

Penguin Books | December 31, 2002 | Trade Paperback

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In today''s world, yesterday''s methods just don''t work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. 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 productivity and unleash our creative potential. In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to:

  • Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box to empty
  • Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
  • Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
  • 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 can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.67 in

Published: December 31, 2002

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142000280

ISBN - 13: 9780142000281

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

by David Allen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.67 in

Published: December 31, 2002

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142000280

ISBN - 13: 9780142000281

About the Book

Veteran coach and management consultant Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to thousands. He explains how to assess goals, relax, and stay focused.

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A New Practice for a New Reality It''s possible for a person to have an overwhelming number of things to do and still function productively with a clear head and a positive sense of relaxed control. That''s a great way to live and work, at elevated levels of effectiveness and efficiency. It''s also becoming a critical operational style required of successful and high-performing professionals. You already know how to do everything necessary to achieve this high-performance state. If you''re like most people, however, you need to apply these skills in a more timely, complete, and systematic way so you can get on top of it all instead of feeling buried. And though the method and the techniques I describe in this book are immensely practical and based on common sense, most people will have some major work habits that must be modified before they can implement this system. The small changes required-changes in the way you clarify and organize all the things that command your attention-could represent a significant shift in how you approach some key aspects of your day-to-day work. Many of my clients have referred to this as a significant paradigm shift. The methods I present here are all based on two key objectives: (1) capturing all the things that need to get done-now, later, someday, big, little, or in between-into a logical and trusted system outside of your head and off your mind; and (2) disciplining yourself to make front-end decisions about all of the "inputs" you let into
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Welcome to Getting Things Done Part 1: The Art of Getting Things Done Chapter 1: A New Practice for a New Reality Chapter 2: Getting Control of Your Life: The Five Stages of Mastering Workflow Chapter 3: Getting Projects Creatively Under Way: The Five Phases of Project Planning Part 2: Practicing Stress-Free Productivity Chapter 4: Getting Started: Setting Up the Time, Space, and Tools Chapter 5: Collection: Corralling Your "Stuff" Chapter 6: Processing: Getting "In" to Empty Chapter 7: Organizing: Setting Up the Right Buckets Chapter 8: Reviewing: Keeping Your System Functional Chapter 9: Doing: Making the Best Action Choices Chapter 10: Getting Projects Under Control Part 3: The Power of the Key Principles Chapter 11: The Power of the Collection Habit Chapter 12: The Power of the Next-Action Decision Chapter 13: The Power of Outcome Focusing Conclusion Index if (contentWritten=="no" && CoreSetId=="0" && SYM=="ACD") { contentWritten="yes"; document.write(" "); } else { document.write(" "); } if (contentWritten=="no" && CoreSetId=="0" && SYM=="EXC") { contentWritten="yes"; document.write(" "); } else { document.write(" "); } if (contentWritten=="no" && CoreSetId=="0" && SYM=="REV") { contentWritten="yes"; document.write(" "); } else { document.write(" "); } if (contentWritten=="no" && CoreSetId=="0" && SYM=="QUE") { contentWritten="yes"; document.write(" "); } else { document.write(" "); } if (contentWritten=="no" && CoreSetId=="0" && SYM=="NOT") { contentWrit
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In today''s world, yesterday''s methods just don''t work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. 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 productivity and unleash our creative potential. In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to:

  • Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box to empty
  • Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
  • Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
  • 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 can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

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.
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