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What the community says about Getting Things Done
- "I got this on audio. It really helped me with some things. It taught me a few ways to be more organized, more productive. If you want to learn a few practical, common sense skills to improve your life, then by all means, get this book. You need to read it for it to work, but that's step one!"
- "While looking for the best business books according to The Personal MBA, you may come across Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. This is a great book written by veteran coach and management consultant David Allen that helps you make and stick to to-do lists that you may want to make for yourself. I found this to be pretty helpful and would recommend it. "
- "Getting Things Done is a concept of using common sense, none of the ideas in the book are new or revolutionary. The book seems a bit dated, I am not sure how many people still use paper calendars, but the concept is transferable. David Allen took common sense and displayed it in a way that produces productivity for people looking for personal growth. "
- "Overall I found the book a very good read. It helped me crystallize a number of ideas about how to organize tasks using simple lists and structures. The over arching theme I took away is that it is important to have a good organized structured to put ideas immediately into and to trust the structure so that one can free one's mind from constant distractions. What should be put down in this structure are immediate things that are actionable, what one can do next -- as opposed to generalities, which require more thought. A key aspect of course is breaking down a larger task into these smaller actions. Allen describes a structure of immediate lists to look at, calendars, todo lists, reference lists and so forth. Other bins include an incubator list for long term tasks and a “waiting for” list, which has tasks that are pending from other people to be completed. This seems like a sensible arrangement but I suspect that other people will have somewhat different structures. My impression is that the important idea is not letting immediate short term distractions cloud one's focus on a task, and tackling things sequentially in little chunks."
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- "A book about Getting Things Done or generally about productivity is very versatile for any type of personalities. I would say the only bad thing about this book is its cover, but this came out in 2002 so no judgement there I guess. I would say this book can be applicable to ENTP people coming from an ENTJ type."