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Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-Free Productivity

Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-Free Productivity

Paperback Art of Stress-Free Productivity

By (author) David Allen

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  • Publisher: PIATKUS BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 214mm x 24mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 24 January 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0749922648
  • ISBN 13: 9780749922641
  • Sales rank: 3,733

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Is your workload overwhelming? Does it just keep mounting up while your stress levels reach fever pitch? In Getting Things Done David Allen teaches you how to keep a clear head, relax and organise your thoughts while implementing the methods that he has introduced at organisations like Microsoft, Lockheed and the US Department of Justice: Learn the 'do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it' principle to empty your in-tray. Handle e-mail, paperwork and unexpected demands in a system of self-management. Plan and progress projects. Reasses goals and stay focused. Apply the two minute rule when deciding what to do now and what to defer. Overcome feelings of anxiety and being overwhelmed. With clear and specific methods and advice, David Allen's tried and trusted formula for business efficiency could transform the way you operate and your experience of work.

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David Allen has had more than twenty years' experience as a management consultant, executive coach, and educator and is the president of David Allen & Co. He has been called one of the world's most influential thinkers on productivity.

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Productivity guru David Allen shows how to organise a busy life, overcome bad habits and still be able to function calmly and effectively WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY 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 As whole-life-organising 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-fo That's where the processing and prioritising 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 common sense 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 belaboured, self-improver aimed at everyone from CEOs to football mums (who, we all know, are more organised than most CEOs to start with). Timothy Murphy , AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW