Synopsis: “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 performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. 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 productivity and unleash our creative potential. In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to:
* Apply the “do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it” rule to get your in-box to empty
* Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
* Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
* 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 can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.” – from Goodreads.
First Impression: I was browsing through Tattered Cover and stumbled on this book. I felt like I heard a podcast recommend it but it seemed to be the perfect book for me at the time.
Review: The GTD methodology is fairly straight forward; a lot of our stress comes from ideas and action items that haven’t been written down or taken care of. His approach is to write everything down, whether it be things to do, calendar items, projects, or just thoughts, and figure out ways to organize them so that they can be accessible. He also stresses the importance of documenting all projects in your life, as small as getting a bike fixed to as large as paying off a mortgage, and set next action items for each project that can move it further along. This will take the stress and anxiety out of your head and give you something productive to do.
I suffered from letting a lot stew in my head and went to work to immediately resolve that. If there was an event, even one I wasn’t sure about, it went on the calendar. If I needed to buy something, it went on a grocery or general shopping list. Things to do went in my To Do List section of my planner for the week it was pertinent and I made a projects section in the back of my planner to start charting projects and next steps.
As I discovered easy projects that wouldn’t take a ton of time, like filing the 800 personal emails I had in my inbox, I began to feel lighter and less anxious about the disorder around me. I could see why writing everything down and getting it out of her head could be helpful and I made sure to highlight and makes notes of suggestions that would work specifically for my job. Overall, I finished the book feeling satisfied and more knowledgeable on how I could organize and take care of things in my life.
Rating: 5 stars on Goodreads
Recommend? I recommend this to everybody, even if it doesn’t sound like something you need. If you get one or two good things out of this books, it’s an improvement.
*Disclaimer: This book was purchased by me and I was not paid or gifted to review.