Getting Things Done Audiobook

Getting Things Done Audiobook
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Written By: David Allen
Narrated By: David Allen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Date: February 2016
Duration: 10 hours 24 minutes

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Health Wellness Audio books: Getting Things Done Summary

David Allen reads an all-new edition of his popular self-help classic for managing work-life balance in the twenty-first century—now updated for the new challenges facing individuals and organizations in today’s rapidly changing world.

Since it was first published more than 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.

Allen first demonstrates stress reduction from the method with the following exercise, centered on a task that has an unclear outcome or whose next action is not defined. Allen calls these sources of stress “open loops”, “incompletes”, or “stuff”.

The most annoying, distracting, or interesting task is chosen, and defined as an “incomplete”.
A description of the successful outcome of the “incomplete” is written down in one sentence, along with the criteria by which the task will be considered completed.
The next step required to approach completion of the task is written down.
A self-assessment is made of the emotions experienced after completing the steps of this process.
He claims stress can be reduced and productivity increased by putting reminders about everything you are not working on into a trusted system external to your mind. In this way, you can work on the task at hand without distraction from the “incompletes”. The system in GTD requires you to have the following tools within easy reach:

An inbox
A trash can
A filing system for reference material
Several lists (detailed below)
A calendar.

These tools can be physical or electronic as appropriate (e.g., a physical “in” tray or an email inbox). Then, as “stuff” enters your life, it is captured in these tools and processed with the following workflow.

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This revolutionized my life. I have been well organized… but I didn’t know how to organize the FLOW of paperwork in my life. How to keep my in-box empty. !! My desk was always a pile of paper that I didn’t know where to put things… and I would actually lose things on my desk. Whew! NO MORE! I got the physical copy of this book as well as the CD version and listen to it going to sleep and waking up in the morning… when I’m driving, or exercising or doing something where I can just let the information flow through my brain again. The clarity and specific depth of insight and clear instructions have helped me to completely reorganize my office so that projects get completed and nothing backs up. I know EXACTLY what to do when I sit down… and then just go do it. I keep my in-box empty… (mostly… still working on it. At last my whole desk is no longer my in-box. LOL.) I’m blown away by this. I no longer feel the conflict of trying to focus on a project and at the same time thinking I should be doing something else. Everything is written down on my List. It’s out of my field of concentration until I want to check my List and see all the random other little things I want to accomplish. Clear focus. Zen mind. Peaceful mind. Balance. Wow. I’m deeply grateful.

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Getting Things Done (GTD) is a time management method, described in the book of the same title by productivity consultant David Allen.

The GTD method rests on the idea of moving planned tasks and projects out of the mind by recording them externally and then breaking them into actionable work items. This allows attention to be focused on taking action on tasks, instead of recalling them.

First published in 2001, a revised edition of the book was released in 2015 to reflect the changes in information technology during the preceding decade.

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