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Getting Things Done

The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Written by: David Allen
Narrated by: David Allen
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
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David Allen reads an all-new edition of his popular self-help classic for managing work-life balance in the 21st century - now updated for the new challenges facing individuals and organizations in today's rapidly changing world.

Since it was first published more than 15 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.

©2001 David Allen (P)2001 Simon & Schuster

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Good methodology, but the book is very repetitive.

I did help me change many things in my day to day working structure and organization, but the author keeps on repeating things that we already understood, it has too many examples and lists of things that becomes extremely boring at times. there is a whole chapter that just keeps on listing things that need to be organized, one by one, very boring, but the methodology is really great! I think the author should think of publishing a shorter version that goes to the point, quality vs quantity

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Grows on you

Subtly brilliant. Life changing! It's very interesting how he speaks in broad principles for hours on end, and as a listener, you fill in the specifics of your own planning challenges, and the end result is you come up with all sorts of solutions to your problems. Highly recommended!!

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This method helped me to clear my mind

This method helped me to clear my mind and obtain piece. Upon applying technique I instantly become more productive, and had less things on my mind. After following for few weeks I was able start seenig that my tasks are not serving purpose that I'd like. This is the only methodology/technique that works. I've tried maiy other time management/list prioritization tools methods but this is the ultimate !!! still have to master is better but very pleased with results so far

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One of my favorites

Simple and practical methods to get things organized and done in life. Worry about what’s next. #Audible1

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amazing

I am working at it I am the world's greatest procarsinator. there some really great methods #Audible1r

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Vraiment très utile!!

Beaucoup apprécié ce livre audio. J'ai beaucoup appris sur l'organisation et suis stupéfiée que personne ne m'aie suggèré de lire ce livre bien avant! Ma vie est en train de changer complètement! C'est merveilleux!

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Content and Process is great

All the back story and studies are nice. But for someone who is trying to "get things done" I just need to be simply told the method and get to the point. Often I'm looking to skip ahead in this and then back up a bit then skip ahead.

The Narration is good. Clear, precise, pleasant. Content very good.

If this came with a downloadable PDF of the basic concepts it would be much improved.

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About 90% too long

This book was recommended by a co-worker and I was very excited about its first couple of chapters. The premise for the idea is solid. The author, unfortunately, instead of trying to save reader's time, goes off on a very lengthy and excessively detailed description of each small detail in his system with a million examples. This book could have fit in a 30-minute slide show. Instead, it's a 10+ hour listen. One would be better off reading a summary or reading somebody else's digest of the book.

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very dry and long

5 hours In, and the author is still talking about making lists. the title is a little misleading. this book is very dry, and tends to go on and on, and on. it's the only book I have not finished.

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  • CW
  • 2018-04-11

The Master Shares his Secrets

Solid as a rock. To say least, it is interesting conceptually, but more important, it is structurally useful... and it all makes sense. Why don't they teach this in school? David Allen is genius. Cal

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  • BillLampert
  • 2016-03-07

Worthy Upgrade - Worth Your Time

This new audio edition of Getting Things Done advances the practice of GTD and covers a slightly updated process as we have embraced new technology along with reinforcing the tenets of the GTD methodology that have been proven-out by research conducted over the years since the first edition was released.

This Audible edition will inspire new students to embrace the practice of GTD and will re-energize current practitioners that might need a shot in the arm.

As with the first edition of Getting Things Done, hearing David Allen explain GTD will inspire you to jump into GTD with both feet. His narration comes from the heart which only makes the "story" better.

Solid production only adds to a wonderful listening experience. Highly recommended!

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  • Megan Rutter
  • 2016-08-26

Ignore Reviews Claiming "No New Material"

I'm at a loss for why anyone would claim this book is the same as original. Unless a person doesn't read it in its entirety or is hoping for a new quick fix that varied greatly from the original program, this book is a new life changer all is own. David Allen addresses most all of the "holes" that one might have found in the first writing. He gives a much more extensive, detailed explanation of the 5 steps of GTD, their benefits, new best practices for each, scientific reasoning and common pitfalls. Lastly, he's not the same person he was 15 years ago and explains things in a more understandable and organized manner in this edition. This is not a rewrite done to keep an publisher with new material. This is one of the most well thought our rewrites I've ever read. If you are a GTDer, or a constantly restarting want to be, lol, like I was for years, this book will bring new life to your efforts to have a mind like water.

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  • yousef
  • 2017-06-08

too stretched

This book is great and could be better if shorter and summarized and more on topic

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  • Igor
  • 2016-03-01

Absolute must read! Or hear in this case!

This book has changed my life since I first read it but hearing this new version has revealed new meaning and content that was not clear up to now. The fact the author himself reads it is an advantage because the right emphasis is given to the most important topics. If you need to get some focus and get closer to mind like water hear this!

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  • Bradley Aaron Williams
  • FPO, AP United States
  • 2016-04-03

Follow up to "Willpower"

I read "Willpower" a while back, and though the information was very fun to learn, I had difficulty applying it to the real world. For example, I read that the most successful people don't necessarily have extraordinary willpower, they just organize their day around the idea that it is finite. Good deal...how do they do that? This book is a perfect companion to what seems like useless knowledge--filling in all the blanks and leaving you with a great sense of clarity.
Wish I'd discovered it sooner, but it sounded gimmicky when I heard about it years ago. Better late than never!

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  • Daniel
  • 2016-03-10

Solid method, but sometimes hard to follow

Solid method, Hard to follow sometimes due to the author's style. (Why stop at one descriptive noun when you can tack on a couple more adjectives!),

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  • Oliver Nielsen
  • 2016-04-06

Rewritten word for word? Literally, yes...

David Allen says in the book he has rewritten the original, from scratch. If he did that, it's been an incredibly unproductive effort as it seems to have been rewritten word for word, something that only makes sense if he was learning how to write on a typewriter or keyboard.

Yes, the words are almost literally the same as in the original. Some of the terms have been recoined to better fit the language used in his last book "Making It All Work" – which I find by far his best, by the way. MIAW is an underestimated gem.

Yes, David has added a chapter or two, but all of a sudden the book was over, and I hadn't come across much new stuff. I think this will be true for many who've followed David Allen / GTD for some years. There's not been much changed or added, and what has, you'll already be familiar with, from the interwebs, blogs, etc.

So if you don't have the original book: get this one. If you do have it: skip this one.

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  • Jon
  • 2017-10-18

OK method first 3-4 chapters, but then I lost interest

Stress free productivity with label maker and file cabinets? From which century is this book?

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  • Lou
  • 2016-04-21

Lots of rambling. Hard to follow as an audiobook

What would have made Getting Things Done better?

If it's more to the point. He rambles on and on.

What could David Allen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make it more clear. Stop talking about how awesome and important this book is. I went through the first 3 hours and couldn't stand it anymore.

What didn’t you like about David Allen’s performance?

I had to speed it up, but it was a bunch of rambling anyway that was hard to follow as a book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

nothing new. Anger and frustration. I was really looking forward to hearing this book but it may be better if i can browse through it at the bookstore.

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  • JKS
  • 2016-03-26

Inbox Zero Achieved

I first read GTD many years ago and implemented some of the principles. As I am looking to step up my productivity, I decided to grab the updated audio version.

The second time through is already proving successful as I was able to get my email inbox to zero (from 8k) and have next actions assigned to all projects. With each accomplishment, I gain more fuel to drive me further within the GTD program.

My only complaint is that the audio book was a bit dull at times, and hard to get through. As a returning GTD believer, I knew it was worth pushing through, but more real world stories or implementations (similar to what is on the GTD podcast) would make it easier to get through the book.

Complaint aside, I believe if I get one great takeaway from a book it was worth it, and GTD delivers many more.

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