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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

David Allen

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Format: Paperback, 288pp.
ISBN: 9780142000281
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pub. Date: January 2003

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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.


"...one of the most influential thinkers on productivity."
Fast Company

"David Allen's methods are key to survival in today's chaotic business climate."
—Patricia Seybold, author of Customer.com

"...this book can go a long way toward helping people relax, gain control... and focus on the really important stuff."
Morning Star-Telegram

About the Author

David Allen is president of David Allen & Co. and has more than twenty years' experience as a management consultant, executive coach, and educator. He has been a keynote speaker and productivity facilitator for organizations such as Oracle, L. L. Bean, Microsoft, Lockheed, and the World Bank.His work has been featured in Fast Company, Fortune, and many other publications.

Table of Contents
Welcome to Getting Things Done
Part 1The Art of Getting Things Done1
1A New Practice for a New Reality3
2Getting Control of Your Life: The Five Stages of Mastering Workflow24
3Getting Projects Creatively Under Way: The Five Phases of Project Planning54
Part 2Practicing Stress-Free Productivity83
4Getting Started: Setting Up the Time, Space, and Tools85
5Collection: Corralling Your "Stuff"104
6Processing: Getting "In" to Empty119
7Organizing: Setting Up the Right Buckets138
8Reviewing: Keeping Your System Functional181
9Doing: Making the Best Action Choices191
10Getting Projects Under Control211
Part 3The Power of the Key Principles223
11The Power of the Collection Habit225
12The Power of the Next-Action Decision236
13The Power of Outcome Focusing249

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