Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

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199 reviews

About this ebook

The book Lifehack calls "The Bible of business and personal productivity."

"A completely revised and updated edition of the blockbuster bestseller from 'the personal productivity guru'"Fast Company

Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.
Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.

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199 reviews
Steve Wood
June 21, 2023
I have been working through the book, "Getting Things Done", for the past couple of weeks. Really taking his ideas and implementing them into my life. The information he has provided is very practical, hands on, and designed to reduce your overall stress (which I have experienced). However, the book is a little confusing to understand. So much so, there are people across the web trying to grasp what the author is trying to communicate. I will give it 4 out of 5 stars for providing excellent and practical information. The book lost a star for the lack of clarity it was supposed to provide. Do I recommend this book? Yes. Difficulty to understand: 7.5 (1-10; 1 very easy and 10 very difficult). Reading level: ~10th grade
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Dave Liao
July 7, 2020
This was one of the most impactful books I've ever read (and re-read). It's simple and teaches common sense practices around idea/task capture. My first copy of Getting Things Done was in eReader format, back when Peanut Press existed... I wish this book would focus more on decision making (i.e. what to do next) in more detail, but there are other books for that. The tenets of GTD feel a little OCD, but if you can practice the tenets, and regularly review your trusted system, you can get things off your mind and focus on doing.
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June 14, 2015
Recommended to me by CGP Grey :) Definitely not everyone's cup of tea, but if you need some guidance to start getting organized this book contains a good strategy. I felt it was longer than necessary, and very repetitive. It could be condensed into a few charts and paragraphs. Take notes while reading and do the exercises as you go for increased comprehension.
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About the author

David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. He has more than thirty years of pioneering research and experience as a management consultant and executive coach to some of America’s most prestigious organizations, such as New York Life, the World Bank, and the U.S. Navy.

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