Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Version: Abridged (Unabridged version available here)
Author: David Allen
Narrator: David Allen
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Development
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: January 2002
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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In today's world of exponentially increased communication and responsibility, yesterday's methods for staying on top just don't work.

Veteran management consultant and trainer David Allen recognizes that "time management" is useless the minute your schedule is interrupted; "setting priorities" isn't relevant when your email is down; "procrastination solutions" won't help if your goals aren't clear.

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 and unleash our creative potential. He teaches us how to:

Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box empty

Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations

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 has the potential to transform the way you work -- and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

Reviews (17)

Written by O Lee on December 19th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

listen at 1.25x speed. the beginning shoulds a little like self-gratulation.... it's unnecessary sales pitchy style for a chapter or something. it makes sense I think. but to really implement it, it really needs to be reread, repeat repeat. reread. it's hard to..... follow? or just really need to get your head around it.

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Written by Sayata Gabriel on January 16th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What an incredible resource. I can see how the methodology would be daunting for some, but it fits in very well with my existing processes, and the \"tips\" alone (such as a 2 minute rule, organizing next actions by context, establishing a \"waiting for\" list, etc) are gold nuggets of wisdom. I was surprised by how much deeper the book went than simple boring organizational theory. It\'s about mindfulness, being present in the moment, and finding clarity from the bottom up. Will definitely listen to it again!

Written by Dafnie Nacius on July 6th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love this book. I'm a young millennial so sometimes it's hard for me to accept the non-electronic tips but at the end of the day - the core advice from this books needs to be followed to be successful. Learn his way first and then decide what to do afterwards instead of nitpicking from the beginning. My home is more organized and my work and study plans are more clear.

Written by Russ Metge on April 22nd, 2015

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Getting things done is not as important as simplifying life. I felt like this book was all about getting more done so you can do more which results in a complex less meaningful life. I was bored and didn't finish the book. Maybe the second half is better. Not sure if I will ever find out for myself.

Written by Becky Phillips on August 31st, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I found it to be helpful

tough topic, good suggestions

Written by Anonymous from Oshkosh, WI on July 20th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed the ideas in this book/CD but think it would be good to read the printed version to actually be able to make notes in the book. As other suggest, maybe listening with a notebook handy is the way to treat this book because it is filled with actionable steps. I listen in the car during my commute so it's kind of tough. Regardless, I think I'll buy the book now and share it with my employees. I know I've just done two little things and my employees have noticed the change in my productivity!

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Written by Anonymous on May 15th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Good ideas but got a little bit boring. The third CD was damaged so I didn't get a chance to listen to it but after getting through the first two I didn't mind not hearing the 3rd. Who knows ... it could have been much more compelling.

Very Boring

Written by Anonymous on January 20th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The four words that always make an audio reader break out into a sweat is when he hears the words "read by the author". Sometimes you are wrong, and an author can be a good reader. Often though you realize why writing and narration are two distinct fields. The book was so boring that I couldn't get through the CD's. It's a shame, because it covers a subject with which many of us could stand improvement.

I asked the question...this book provided some answers

Written by Prencis S on April 12th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I found it very helpful. It had some sound suggestions for my problem with time-management. I'm convinced that if I execute even 1/2 of his suggestions, my quality of life will be be greatly improved.

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Written by Anonymous on December 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

One of the worst CD books I've ever listened to. So boring that I couldn't even get through the whole thing. It only had information which is common sense. Wasn't helpful.

Author Details

Author Details

Allen, David

David Allen (b. December 28, 1945) is a productivity consultant. He is the creator of the Getting Things Done time management method.

He grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana where he acted and won a state championship in debate. He went to college at New College, now New College of Florida, in Sarasota, Florida. His career path has included jobs as a magician, waiter, karate teacher, landscaper, vitamin distributor, glass-blowing lathe operator, travel agent, gas station manager, U-Haul dealer, moped salesman, restaurant cook[1], personal growth trainer, and manager of a lawn service company and a travel agency. He is also an ordained minister with the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness.[2][3] He claims to have had 35 professions before age 35.[4] He began applying his perspective on productivity with businesses in the 1980s when he got a contract to design a program for executives and managers at Lockheed.

He is the founder of the David Allen Company, which is focused on productivity and executive coaching. The Getting Things Done method is part of his coaching efforts. He was also one of the founders of Actioneer, Inc., a company specializing in productivity tools for the Palm Pilot.

Allen has written two books, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, which describes his productivity program and Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life, a collection of newsletter articles he has written. He lives in Ojai, California with his fourth wife, Kathryn[1].