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  • Posted December 31, 2008

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    A book to help you get things done

    David Allen is the best-selling author of Getting Things Done (GTD), a 2001 book whose sales continue to grow year after year, as new disciples adopt his productivity methods. GTD introduced a system for organizing your commitments systematically in order to make better decisions and get more done. Making It All Work is a follow up to GTD that is written to help you get more from his productivity system.<BR/><BR/>A big part of the book is aimed at helping you figure out where you are in life and what you need. He uses metaphors such as being the CEO of your own life to help you build the mindset that you can control the overwhelming flow of challenges flooding your Inbox.<BR/><BR/>The book illuminates what Allen calls the basics of self-management: namely how to get and how to develop both control and perspective on your daily commitments in order to master them.<BR/><BR/>While much of the content is included in his previous book, there are some new tools that show you how to achieve alignment and balance by changing your perspective on your own commitments and mastering the art of motivating yourself. These tools include:<BR/><BR/>* How to get immediate control of "current reality"<BR/>* How to keep track of the total inventory of your commitments<BR/>* What decisions are critical to make, about what, and when<BR/>* Why most "personal management systems" don't work<BR/>* Why organizational issues are often personal process issues<BR/>* How to use procrastination to your advantage<BR/>* How to continually self-consult to get back "on your game"<BR/>* How to install simple tricks that create profound results<BR/><BR/>Another book that I strongly recommend because it has had a huge impact upon my productivity is The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book

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  • Posted November 12, 2008

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    Inspirational guide to getting organized

    David Allen¿s bestseller Getting Things Done (GTD) taught readers how to gain ¿focus, control and perspective.¿ Simply put, this theory taught that if you organize your catalog of commitments and review it systematically, that process will relieve you of the stress and burden of having a chaotic to-do list constantly tugging at your consciousness. This positive self-management approach frees you to tap into your highest capabilities and experience true fulfillment. While the GTD method has attracted an international following, this follow-up doesn¿t quite bring it to the next level. Although it is coherent, cohesive and accessible, it relies a good bit on repetition and rehashes a lot of the original work, particularly in the first two chapters, where Allen sells the system. However, for followers who can¿t get enough of GTD, and for those who don¿t know it yet and hope to get organized, getAbstract recommends Allen¿s latest read, particularly the chapters where he articulates the five stages of control and the ¿horizons of focus.¿

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  • Posted June 27, 2009

    Good information and makes it easy

    Good information and helps you to think better. I also would recommend Dr. Steinberg's new book, Full Throttle.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    How to really achieve your mission statement

    Dr. Stephen Covey gave us the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. While the First Things First (habit 3) provided an organizational construct to manage our lives, David Allen has taken the concept into today's electronic real world. Where business is done by emails and text messages, and we never feel like we're caught up much less gaining any ground on the endless series of to-do's in our inbox. Allen provides a workable system that integrates with many of the organizational systems out there today and allows us to finally get control of our lives.

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