Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life [NOOK Book]

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The companion to the blockbuster bestseller, Getting Things Done.

Since its publication in 2001, Getting Things Done has become, as Time magazine put it, "the defining self-help business book" of the decade. Having inspired millions of readers around the world, it clearly spoke to an urgent need in an increasingly time-pressured society. Now, in the highly anticipated sequel Making It All Work, Allen unlocks the full power of his methods ...
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Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life

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Overview

The companion to the blockbuster bestseller, Getting Things Done.

Since its publication in 2001, Getting Things Done has become, as Time magazine put it, "the defining self-help business book" of the decade. Having inspired millions of readers around the world, it clearly spoke to an urgent need in an increasingly time-pressured society. Now, in the highly anticipated sequel Making It All Work, Allen unlocks the full power of his methods across the entire span of life and work. While Getting Things Done functioned as an essential tool kit, Making It All Work is an invaluable road map, providing both bearings to help you determine where you are in life and directions on how to get to where you want to go.




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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A rehashing of old-if successful-ground from his 2001 book Getting Things Done, Allen revisits his simple yet comprehensive system of organizing every aspect of one's life for career, professional and personal development-even addressing how to plan a vacation, choose a babysitter or arrange eldercare for a parent. The author's inarguable premise is that a complete and current inventory of commitments organized and reviewed in a systematic way can sharpen focus and allow for wiser decision making. Allen cautions that the book does not provide answers to tricky life choices; its methods will aid in developing the self-assurance to trust one's own solutions. Readers are guided through the process of obtaining control and perspective, organizing tasks and goals to reach the "Getting Things Done" (GTD) "holy grail" of an empty in-basket and e-mail inbox. Although the book purports to expand on the principles of GTD, there's very little new material in this latest offering, which serves more as a sales tool for the first one than for a project all on its own. Those seeking organizational nirvana would do best to invest in the original and give this one a pass. (Dec.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440655401
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 304,457
  • File size: 793 KB

Meet the Author

David Allen is president of The David Allen Company and has more than twenty years experience as a consultant and executive coach for such organizations as Microsoft, the Ford Foundation, L.L.Bean, and the World Bank. His work has been featured in Fast Company, Fortune, Atlantic Monthly, O, and many other publications.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Introduction: From Getting Things Done to Making It All Work 1

2 The GTD phenomenon 14

3 Making It All Work-the Process 49

4 The Fundamentals of Self-Management 60

5 Getting Control: Capturing 76

6 Getting Control: Clarifying 103

7 Getting Control: Organizing 128

8 Getting Control: Reflecting 161

9 Getting Control: Engaging 170

10 Getting Control: Applying This to Life and Work 193

11 Getting Perspective 200

12 Getting Perspective on the Runway: Next Actions 209

13 Getting Perspective at Ten Thousand Feet: Projects 216

14 Getting Perspective at Twenty Thousand Feet: Areas of Focus and Responsibility 227

15 Getting Perspective at Thirty Thousand Feet: Goals and Objectives 235

16 Getting Perspective at Forty Thousand Feet: Vision 241

17 Getting Perspective at Fifty Thousand Feet: Purpose and Principles 249

18 Getting Perspective: Gracie's Gardens Revisited 261

19 Making It All Work-in the Real World 266

20 In closing . . .

Appendix i Incompletion Trigger List 288

Appendix ii Natural Planning Model 290

Appendix iii Project Planning Trigger List 291

Appendix iv Mastering Work Flow 293

Appendix v The Weekly Review 295

Appendix vi Workflow Processing and Organizing 296

Appendix vii Horizons of Focus 297

Index 299

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    Don't Waste Your Time

    First let me say this: I am a huge David Allen and GTD fan. I read the original book, practice his methods (maybe not perfectly, but I do try), and find them very useful. Having said that, this book serves no purpose. It took me almost a year to get cover to cover. In fact, I bought the hardcover the first day it came out. Now the paperback is already out and I'm writing this. I have no idea what the meaning of the is book is. David Allen could have probably summarized it in a couple pages. This book was about two things: money and the fact that DA fans (like myself) were looking for a popular follow up to Getting Things Done. If you are thinking of buying this book, don't. Go back and read Getting Things Done again, because chances are, like most people, a refreshing on that would be more worth your time. One other thing. For the life of me I cannot figure out how this book has a five-star rating at BN. Go anywhere else (one site in particular, you know what it is) and you will find plenty more reviews and the rating is much, much lower. Something doesn't seem right here.

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