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David Allen and Getting Things Done

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Via, a profile of David Allen in BusinessWeek. It begins:

How many of you have “fallen off the wagon?” the motivational speaker asks. Many in the audience laugh knowingly before sheepishly raising their hands.

This isn’t an AA meeting where the offenders went on a bender. It isn’t a diet support group, and those with their hands in the air haven’t inhaled a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Even so, the 111 business, government, and nonprofit executives (not to mention this reporter) assembled in a Washington hotel conference room are in dire need of help. Distracted by calendar alerts, burdened by back-to-back meetings, swimming in e-mail, we’re all there to get the crunched-schedule monkey off our backs.

Our potential savior, sleeves rolled up and microphone clipped on, is productivity guru David Allen. He is the author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, the 2001 book that has sold more than a million copies and has been translated into 30 languages. His eponymous, $8 million time-management empire spans everything from $595 per-person public seminars to corporate speaking engagements that can earn him $40,000 to $60,000 a pop. This fall, Allen will launch a co-branded line of organizing products with school-supplies maker Mead in Staples stores. He’s also producing an e-learning curriculum that will extend his reach even deeper inside corporations.

Widely abbreviated as GTD, Allen’s method of getting things done focuses on two basic concepts. The first is that by dumping all the tasks floating around in our heads (everything from “buy toothpaste” to “write strategic plan”) onto paper or into software, and then sorting them into a system of lists, we become better able to deal with the unexpected crises that disrupt our days. The second is that …

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Written by Leisureguy

15 August 2008 at 2:32 pm

Posted in Books, Daily life

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  1. For implementing GTD you might try out this new web-based application:

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A mobile version and iCal are available too.

    Hope you like it.



    15 August 2008 at 10:11 pm

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