Our September 2015 Book Club book was “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen.
Category: Personal/Business Organization
I chose this book because I heard an interview with David Allen on a podcast I listen to and I LOVED what he said about writing everything down and getting it out of your head so that you can make room for new ideas and new thoughts. Plus he promised his system will help you sleep like a baby at night, which would be so beneficial to me!
I read the “revised” edition which is updated from 2001 when the book was originally written. With the rise of digital technology, our 24/7 world, and new brain research which is always updating, he had a lot to add to his first edition. He also has notes for people who are COMPLETELY new to his concepts as well as separate notes for people who are already familiar with what he talks about in the book.
The book is broken into 3 parts which you for sure should read in order. But there is also a glossary of terms and an index at the end that you can use for quick reference throughout the book or after reading through once.
I was really busy in September coaching swim team, running 2 businesses, getting my blog and newsletters out, and training to run 7 marathons in 7 days in 7 states, so I didn’t dive in as deep as I know I should have into this book. I will for sure read it again. I recommend it to people on a daily basis since I have so many clients, team members, and friends who constantly tell me how they struggle with stress, productivity, and getting things done.
The synopsis of the book on Amazon.com sums it up as…
Since it was first published almost 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.
The book is 308 pages long.
Here are a few words from others who have read this book…
“One of the best ways to get control of your life at work and at home. I’ve used the methods for over 10 years now and I still learn a lot whenever I re-read the book.”
“This is not a book you simply read – you begin to take action and almost immediately see that the GTD method WILL improve your productivity.”
“The ideas that are presented in this book are solid advice, but like with most business books, the author uses too many words to explain a simple concept. I would recommend reading an online summary of the process to get started, then reading the book to get a deeper understanding.”
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