9780670899241

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Allen, David

ISBN 10: 0670899240 / 0-670-89924-0
ISBN 13: 9780670899241
Publisher: Viking Adult
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Hardcover
Editorial Reviews for this title:
Synopsis:

In today's world, yesterday's methods just don't work. Veteran coach and management consultant David Allen recognizes that time management is useless the minute your schedule is interrupted; setting priorities isn't relevant when your e-mail is down; procrastination solutions won't help if your goals aren't clear. Instead, Allen shares with readers the proven methods he has already introduced in seminars and at top organizations across the country. The key to Getting Things Done? Relaxation.

Allen's premise is simple: our ability to be productive is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve stress-free productivity. His seamless system teaches us how to identify, track, and-most important-choose the next action on all our tasks, commitments, and projects and thus master all the demands on our time while unleashing our creative potential. The book's stylish, dynamic design makes it easy to follow Allen's tips, examples, and inspiration to achieve what we all seek-energy, focus, and relaxed control.


Review:
With first-chapter allusions to martial arts, "flow," "mind like water," and other concepts borrowed from the East (and usually mangled), you'd almost think this self-helper from David Allen should have been called Zen and the Art of Schedule Maintenance.

Not quite. Yes, Getting Things Done offers a complete system for downloading all those free-floating gotta-do's clogging your brain into a sophisticated framework of files and action lists--all purportedly to free your mind to focus on whatever you're working on. However, it still operates from the decidedly Western notion that if we could just get really, really organized, we could turn ourselves into 24/7 productivity machines. (To wit, Allen, whom the New Economy bible Fast Company has dubbed "the personal productivity guru," suggests that instead of meditating on crouching tigers and hidden dragons while you wait for a plane, you should unsheathe that high-tech saber known as the cell phone and attack that list of calls you need to return.)

As whole-life-organizing systems go, Allen's is pretty good, even fun and therapeutic. It starts with the exhortation to take every unaccounted-for scrap of paper in your workstation that you can't junk, The next step is to write down every unaccounted-for gotta-do cramming your head onto its own scrap of paper. Finally, throw the whole stew into a giant "in-basket"

That's where the processing and prioritizing begin; in Allen's system, it get a little convoluted at times, rife as it is with fancy terms, subterms, and sub-subterms for even the simplest concepts. Thank goodness the spine of his system is captured on a straightforward, one-page flowchart that you can pin over your desk and repeatedly consult without having to refer back to the book. That alone is worth the purchase price. Also of value is Allen's ingenious Two-Minute Rule: if there's anything you absolutely must do that you can do right now in two minutes or less, then do it now, thus freeing up your time and mind tenfold over the long term. It's commonsense advice so obvious that most of us completely overlook it, much to our detriment; Allen excels at dispensing such wisdom in this useful, if somewhat belabored, self-improver aimed at everyone from CEOs to soccer moms (who we all know are more organized than most CEOs to start with). --Timothy Murphy

Review

Editorial reviews may belong to another edition of this title.
 

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity: Search Results

1.
Getting Things Done (ISBN: 9780670899241)
Allen, David
ISBN 10: 0670899240
ISBN 13: 9780670899241
Bookseller: Paperbackshop-US (Secaucus, NJ, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: > 20

Book Description: Penguin Books Australia, 2001. Hardback. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US. Bookseller Inventory # VP-9780670899241

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 13.65
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
2.
Getting Things Done Format: B-Hardcover (ISBN: 0670899240 / 0-670-89924-0)
Allen, David
ISBN 10: 0670899240
ISBN 13: 9780670899241
Bookseller: INDOO (Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: > 20

Book Description: Penguin Putnam. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0670899240

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 15.33
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
3.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (ISBN: 9780670899241)
Allen, David
ISBN 10: 0670899240
ISBN 13: 9780670899241
Bookseller: BargainBookStores (Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 6

Book Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 215655

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 16.48
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
4.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (Hardback) (ISBN: 9780670899241)
Allen, David
ISBN 10: 0670899240
ISBN 13: 9780670899241
Bookseller: The Book Depository US (Gloucester, ., United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 10

Book Description: Penguin Books Australia, Australia, 2001. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 235 x 165 mm. Brand New Book. In today s world, yesterday s methods just don t work. Veteran coach and management consultant David Allen recognizes that time management is useless the minute your schedule is interrupted; setting priorities isn t relevant when your e-mail is down; procrastination solutions won t help if your goals aren t clear. Instead, Allen shares with readers the proven methods he has already introduced in seminars and at top organizations across the country. The key to Getting Things Done? Relaxation. Allen s premise is simple: our ability to be productive is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve stress-free productivity. His seamless system teaches us how to identify, track, and-most important-choose the next action on all our tasks, commitments, and projects and thus master all the demands on our time while unleashing our creative potential. The book s stylish, dynamic design makes it easy to follow Allen s tips, examples, and inspiration to achieve what we all seek-energy, focus, and relaxed control. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780670899241

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 21.61
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
5.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (ISBN: 0670899240 / 0-670-89924-0)
Allen, David
ISBN 10: 0670899240
ISBN 13: 9780670899241
Bookseller: Murray Media (MIAMI SHORES, FL, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: > 20

Book Description: Viking Adult. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 0670899240

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 22.72
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
6.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (Hardcover) (ISBN: 0670899240 / 0-670-89924-0)
Allen, David
ISBN 10: 0670899240
ISBN 13: 9780670899241
Bookseller: Grand Eagle Retail (Romulus, MI, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. 158mm x 25mm x 237mm. Hardcover. 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 performan.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 267 pages. 0.531. Bookseller Inventory # 9780670899241

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 23.08
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
7.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (Hardback) (ISBN: 9780670899241)
Allen, David
ISBN 10: 0670899240
ISBN 13: 9780670899241
Bookseller: The Book Depository (Gloucester, UK, United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 10

Book Description: Penguin Books Australia, Australia, 2001. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 235 x 165 mm. Brand New Book. In today s world, yesterday s methods just don t work. Veteran coach and management consultant David Allen recognizes that time management is useless the minute your schedule is interrupted; setting priorities isn t relevant when your e-mail is down; procrastination solutions won t help if your goals aren t clear. Instead, Allen shares with readers the proven methods he has already introduced in seminars and at top organizations across the country. The key to Getting Things Done? Relaxation. Allen s premise is simple: our ability to be productive is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve stress-free productivity. His seamless system teaches us how to identify, track, and-most important-choose the next action on all our tasks, commitments, and projects and thus master all the demands on our time while unleashing our creative potential. The book s stylish, dynamic design makes it easy to follow Allen s tips, examples, and inspiration to achieve what we all seek-energy, focus, and relaxed control. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780670899241

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 24.26
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
8.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (ISBN: 0670899240 / 0-670-89924-0)
Allen, David
ISBN 10: 0670899240
ISBN 13: 9780670899241
Bookseller: BookShop4U (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 3

Book Description: Viking Adult. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0670899240 Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # Z0670899240ZN

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 24.26
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
9.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (ISBN: 0670899240 / 0-670-89924-0)
Allen, David
ISBN 10: 0670899240
ISBN 13: 9780670899241
Bookseller: Booklot COM LLC (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 3

Book Description: Viking Adult. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0670899240 Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # Z0670899240ZN

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 24.26
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
10.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (ISBN: 9780670899241)
Allen, David
ISBN 10: 0670899240
ISBN 13: 9780670899241
Bookseller: English-Book-Service - A Fine Choice (Waldshut-Tiengen, BW, Germany)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 3

Book Description: 2001. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # TB9780670899241

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 22.34
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.60
From Germany to U.S.A.
View All Listings for this Book