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GTD coverThis book from 2001 is great for giving you the nudge that there is a better way to organise your world than holding everything in your head. My take is that there’s a stack of good stuff here even if you don’t won’t to adopt every suggestion in the book. I’ve worked with my own variant of GTD since 2005. My system continues to evolve and adapt. Each time I revisit the book I find new content which I either didn’t spot or understand before. I’ll use the content to focus a number of future posts on Effective Challenge.

To give you a flavor of the book I’ve extracted the Amazon UK description:

“Is your workload overwhelming? Does it just keep mounting up while your stress levels reach fever pitch? In Getting Things Done David Allen teaches yo
u how to keep a clear head, relax and organise your thoughts while implementing the methods that he has introduced at organisations like Microsoft, Lockheed and the US Department of Justice: Learn the ‘do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it’ principle to empty your in-tray. Handle e-mail, paperwork and unexpected demands in a system of self-management. Plan and progress projects. Reasses goals and stay focused. Apply the two minute rule when deciding what to do now and what to defer. Overcome feelings of anxiety and being overwhelmed. With clear and specific methods and advice, David Allen’s tried and trusted formula for business efficiency could transform the way you operate and your experience of work.”

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Here’s David Allen talk about the essence of GTD on you tube


To buy from Amazon goto: Getting things done

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