David Allen : Getting Things Done

Discover David Allen's powerful methods for stress-free performance at wark 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
  • Re-assess 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 David Allen

David Allen has been called one of the world’s most influential thinkers on productivity and has been a keynote speaker and facilitator for such organizations as New York Life, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, L.L. Bean, and the U.S. Navy, and he conducts workshops for individuals and organizations across the country. He is the president of The David Allen Company and has more than twenty years experience as a management consultant and executive coach. His work has been featured in Fast Company, Fortune, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Getting Things Done has been published in twelve foreign countries. David Allen lives in Ojai, California.
David Allen is president of The David Allen Company and has more than 20 years of 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, The Oprah Magazine; and many other publications.
Praise for the previous edition of getting things done and the gtd method :

Getting things done offers help building the new mental skills needed in an age of multitasking and overload - The Wall Street Journal

I am a devout, card-carrying GTD true beliver... The entire approach has boosted not only my productivity but also my wider wel-being. But what amazes me just as much is how deeply GTD has taken hold around the world... This is a genuine movement" - Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive

“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 Henricks, Entrepreneur

“David Allen’s productivity principles are rooted in big ideas . . . but they’re also eminently practical.”

—Keith H. Hammonds, Fast Company

“David Allen brings new clarity to the power of purpose, the essential nature of relaxation, and deceptively simple guidelines for getting things done. He employs extensive experience, personal stories, and his own recipe for simplicity, speed, and fun.”

—Frances Hesselbein, chairman, board of governors,
The Drucker Foundation

“Anyone who reads this book can apply this knowledge and these skills in their lives for immediate results.”

—Stephen P. Magee, chaired professor of business and
economics, University of Texas at Austin

“A true skeptic of most management fixes, I have to say David’s program is a winner!”

—Joline Godfrey, CEO, Independent Means, Inc. and
author of Our Wildest Dreams

Getting Things Done describes an incredibly practical process that can help busy people regain control of their lives. It can help you be more successful. Even more important, it can help you have a happier life!”

—Marshall Goldsmith, coeditor, The Leader of the Future
and Coaching for Leadership

 “WARNING: Reading Getting Things Done can be hazardous to your old habits of procrastination. David Allen’s approach is refreshingly simple and intuitive. He provides the systems, tools, and tips to achieve profound results.”

—Carola Endicott, director, Quality Resources, New
England Medical Center

This book contains :

Part 1 - The Art of Getting Things Done

  • A New Practice for a New Reality
  • Getting Control of Your Life: The Five Stages of Mastering Workflow
  • Getting Projects Creatively Under Way: The Five Phases of Project Planning

Part 2 - Practicing Stress-Free Productivity

  • Getting Started: Setting Up the Time, Space, and Tools
  • Collection: Corralling Your “Stuff”
  • Processing: Getting “In” to Empty
  • Organizing: Setting Up the Right Buckets
  • Reviewing: Keeping Your System Functional
  • Doing: Making the Best Action Choices
  • Getting Projects Under Control

Part 3 - The Power of the Key Principles

  • The Power of the Collection Habit
  • The Power of the Next-Action Decision
  • The Power of Outcome Focusing
A few insights :

https://youtu.be/13rwhfB4VEU?t=239 David Allen (productivity consultant) - Getting Things Done - PART 1/2 | London Real
  • about time management system : you don't "manage" time as we all have the same amount of time in a day !
  • It's all about getting things out of your head and leaving some space
  • it's really not about getting things done, it's about being appropriately engaged with your life so you can be fully present."   "Sometimes being appropriately engaged with your life means NOT getting something done."
  • you can only feel good about what your not doing, when you KNOW what your not doing.
  • the natural planning model....
  • "you need to make action decisions when your smart, so that when your dumb you do smart things" ---don't lose a valuable idea and park it in the right place.
  • whole new idea that goal setting is not the best thing to do, especially if you set a goal and feel bad until you get the goal, because then you're not appreciating the process of moving toward it. Don't confuse this with the fact that you are setting goals all the time...
  • is engaging in this creating expansion or contraction, another way to put it is, is it creating love or fear...
  • the future is an illusion but it is a handy one...
  • The value of goals and future thinking is not in the future they describe, it’s in how it changes your perceptions and performance right now
  • instead of creating a plan, ask why your creating the plan, this generates purpose..
  • counterintuitive, because in order to get to clear space, you are going to have to deal with a lot of things that are not urgent
  • f I only had more time... what good is that if you are only going to use it to worry more...
  • is there a price to all those to do lists?...the list just keeps is out of my head...in a way everything is on a "someday maybe" list.?
  • I like to plan as little as I can get by with, that gives me the freedom to be spontaneous

Official David Allen's website : https://gettingthingsdone.com/