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Publisher's Summary

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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Needs a PDF

Good book but needs a PDF to help action some of his instructions or plans for you.

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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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  • Jay
  • 2021-06-19

Good advice, though bloated book

One of those self help books with some good advice and systems, but 80% of the book is selling you on the good advice and systems.

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This is a life changing book.

Easy to zone out to. But by the time it's done you have already started noticing the organizational improvements. Very very good!

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So much blah blah, it's painful

I'd recommend finding a brief summary of the book instead of reading it. Honesly got just as much value from that without it dragging for an eternity.

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Well written but VERY dry

It’s not often I don’t finish a book but this is one that can’t keep my interest. There are a lot of lists in several chapters that don’t come across well in audio book format and just sound like words. The narrator has a dry delivery as wel which doesn’t help.

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Great book by a great author

This book is an efficient method to organize and get through your to-do list. It’s the kind of book I would buy in a bookstore though. Or you might want to grab paper and a pen to take a lot of notes :)

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Not what I was expecting

I thought it would be more personal/home based. there are ideas I can still use.

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It is a little monotone, but the content is not

His reading style is a little monotonous, but if you can get past that to really dwell on and practice what he is describing in this book, you will benefit greatly from it.

He shares plenty of great examples for how to apply his getting things done method...yes,he repeats himself, as other reviews say, but seriously, trying to remember everything he said before applying it is a little impossible; having the reminder of the concept as he's giving the practical steps is incredibly helpful.

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  • Danielle
  • 2019-04-23

OMG! I genuinely believe this will change my life!

I'm a 36 yr old woman who has ADHD and has suffered much stress, anxiety & shame from a severely disorganised adult life; rarely planning ahead more than a month or so. And while realize this is not a cure-all, I have more hope than ever before that I can get a handle on tasks, projects and life goals. Thank you so much!

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  • Sureshoe
  • 2020-02-13

Create a List

Seriously, this is a revolutionary time management or productivity system? Create a list. Then, work the list. I just saved you $10 and 10 hours.

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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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  • Amazing Customer
  • 2017-05-22

Please have someone else narrate!!

What did you like best about Getting Things Done? What did you like least?

GTD comes highly recommended by some of my favorite productivity youtube channels and blogs. I got the physical copy on Amazon but with little time sit down and read, I decided to get the audio book so I can listen on my long drive to work. Unfortunately David Allen's narration is more dry and bland than a piece of overcooked and unseasoned chicken. His voice is droll and made it difficult to pay attention, despite the interesting concept. I had also just finished Stephen Covey's "7 Habits" book, and his voice and narration style is much easier to listen to and digest. I think I would rather just make the time to read the book than waste another minute listening to it. Maybe if he didn't narrate the book it would be worth the credit, but as is, skip the audio book and get the paperback.

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  • Rawr
  • 2017-02-21

Repetitive

I did not listen to the shorter version of the book but there isn't much content here. I am certain that all of the primary points are in the 3 hour version of the audiobook.

In this version, the author cites his love for the use of paper with his system numerous times. He always caveats computer usage like it is inferior and foreign to him. I have finished over 100 audiobooks (mostly nonfiction) and I could not finish this book even after putting it on 2x. He simply repeats himself too much.

I will be requesting a refund.

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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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  • 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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  • Aunt Minnie
  • 2017-04-18

too hard category.

Listening to this book is in the too hard category. First the author talks about his personal experience writing this Edition, ad nauseum. Then he spends a lot of time explaining the content. And it goes downhill from there. I quit at the beginning of chapter 3. I just couldn't take it anymore.

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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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  • 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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  • Heimana
  • 2020-01-11

so many info but so few to take

this book is boring !
the only good advice that I took from it was : you have to write down the next task in a "action to make" in order to motivate you to do it. That's it, you can trash everything else.

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  • Aja
  • 2022-06-25

It’s an insightful book

It has numerous things, so it seems dunting to put in place. I like it though