Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

by David Allen

Penguin Publishing Group | December 31, 2002 | Trade Paperback

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 6.

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 × 5.28 × 0.6 in

Published: December 31, 2002

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142000280

ISBN - 13: 9780142000281

Found in: Time Management

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Must read in this day and age The advice seems so simple that you will kick yourself for not thinking about it yourself. However if you are someone that wants to stay on your A-game then I would strongly recommend reading this. One of the most practical self-help books I have ever read.
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gift of Organization I have always thought of myself as an organized person. There are time that I do feel scatterbrained, wondering what I was supposed to do next, but that is rarely. After reading this book however, it brought my organization to a whole new level. Whether you are an organized person or not, this book will add to your life in ways that will enable you to be more productive. It's filled with tibdits of ideas and tools that can be applied to either home or professional lives. if you want to attempt to clear up one area, focus on that and then roll over to the next as you can. This book is amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone! Even those that feel they don't need it. The days will become longer as you apply the techniques he teaches into this book to give you a much richer life with the clutter of disorganization slowly disappearing and making way for the enjoyable moments. It truly is the Art of Stress Free Productivity.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good ideas for organizing incoming information I like how the book describes how to organize your "inbox" and makes good use of calenders. The part about being able to trust that everything important is recorded so you don't need to sweat or dwell on it , is in my opinion, the most important part of the book. The late chapters going to painful detail how to do things that are easily understood from summarizations in earlier chapters. I became rather bored at the very end, but the first 2/3 was well worth the read and pays off immediately. I still thing the book is worth picking up.
Date published: 2010-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good stuff! It's a little convoluted, but all makes sense. You have to take the time to read and absorb this stuff - not to mention implementaion. But it all makes sense. It falls into the category of "I should have figgered that out"!!
Date published: 2010-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Suggestion from Indigo MBA This was the first title in the Indigo MBA reading list, so I thought I would give it a go. I browsed quickly through the book, but I didn't necessarily want to wade through the text, so I got the audio book and listened to it on my way to and from work. I gotta tell you...I was inspired! David has excellent ideas to clarify your purpose in what you are doing, and tells you in small steps what you can do to get it all (even your home projects and ideas floating around in your head) down on paper and organized so that you take the next action: the little steps which lead to getting the big projects done. I highly recommend this book (and the audio book even more) to everyone.
Date published: 2009-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some good suggestions I had high hopes when I started reading this book. There are some good suggestions for removing clutters and increase efficiency in our dealing with all the materials that comes in the in box of our lives. But the same with most self-help book, they drag on for quite a while before telling you the main point, and till then the expectation has built up so much that every suggestions sound be too commonsense to inspire awe.
Date published: 2008-01-27

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

by David Allen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8 × 5.28 × 0.6 in

Published: December 31, 2002

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

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.

Read from the Book

Table of ContentsTitle PageCopyright PageDedicationAcknowledgements part 1 - The Art of Getting Things DoneChapter 1 - A New Practice for a New RealityChapter 2 - Getting Control of Your Life: The Five Stages of Mastering WorkflowChapter 3 - Getting Projects Creatively Under Way: The Five Phases of Project Planning part 2 - Practicing Stress-Free ProductivityChapter 4 - Getting Started: Setting Up the Time, Space, and ToolsChapter 5 - Collection: Corralling Your “Stuff”Chapter 6 - Processing: Getting “In” to EmptyChapter 7 - Organizing: Setting Up the Right BucketsChapter 8 - Reviewing: Keeping Your System FunctionalChapter 9 - Doing: Making the Best Action ChoicesChapter 10 - Getting Projects Under Control part 3 - The Power of the Key PrinciplesChapter 11 - The Power of the Collection HabitChapter 12 - The Power of the Next-Action DecisionChapter 13 - The Power of Outcome Focusing  Conclusion IndexPraise for Getting Things Done“The Season’s Best Reads for Work-Life Advice . . . my favorite on organizing your life: Getting Things Done . . . offers help building the new mental skills needed in an age of multitasking and overload.”—Sue Shellenbarger, The Wall Street Journal “I recently attended David’s seminar on getting organized, and after seeing him in action I have hope . . . David Allen’s seminar was an eye-opener.”—Stewart Alsop, Fortune “Allen drops down from high-level philosophizing to the fine details of time management. Take a minute to check this one out.”—Mark Hen
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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsWelcome to Getting Things DonePart 1: The Art of Getting Things DoneChapter 1: A New Practice for a New RealityChapter 2: Getting Control of Your Life: The Five Stages of Mastering WorkflowChapter 3: Getting Projects Creatively Under Way: The Five Phases of Project PlanningPart 2: Practicing Stress-Free ProductivityChapter 4: Getting Started: Setting Up the Time, Space, and ToolsChapter 5: Collection: Corralling Your "Stuff"Chapter 6: Processing: Getting "In" to EmptyChapter 7: Organizing: Setting Up the Right BucketsChapter 8: Reviewing: Keeping Your System FunctionalChapter 9: Doing: Making the Best Action ChoicesChapter 10: Getting Projects Under ControlPart 3: The Power of the Key PrinciplesChapter 11: The Power of the Collection HabitChapter 12: The Power of the Next-Action DecisionChapter 13: The Power of Outcome FocusingConclusionIndex 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"; docum
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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.