Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

David Allen

Language: English

Pages: 352

ISBN: 0143126563

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

David Allen

Language: English

Pages: 352

ISBN: 0143126563

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


"The Bible of business and personal productivity" —Lifehack

"A completely revised and updated edition of the blockbuster bestseller from 'the personal productivity guru'"Fast Company

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.

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for each of the current moving parts of the project. • Decide on the next action in the planning process, if necessary. Activating the “Moving Parts” A project is sufficiently planned for implementation when every next-action step has been decided on every front that can actually be moved on without some other component’s having to be completed first. If the project has multiple components, each of them should be assessed appropriately by asking, “Is there something that anyone could be doing

Tools Let’s assume you’re starting from scratch. In addition to a desktop work space, you’ll need:• Paper-holding trays (at least three) • A stack of plain letter-size paper • A pen/pencil • Post-its (3×3s) • Paper clips • Binder clips • A stapler and staples • Scotch tape • Rubber bands • An automatic labeler • File folders • A calendar • Wastebasket/recycling bins Paper-Holding Trays These will serve as your in-basket and out-basket, with one or two others for

software, the local take-out deli menu, or your kid’s soccer schedule. This category includes your telephone and address information, any material relevant to projects, themes, and topics, and sources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and almanacs. Decoration . . . means pictures of family, artwork, and fun and inspiring things pinned to your bulletin board. You also might have plaques, mementos, and/or plants. Equipment . . . is obviously the telephone, computer, fax, printer,

incubate on a topic. Whiteboards are great to have on a wall in your office and in meeting rooms, and the bigger the better. If you have children, I recommend that you install one in their bedrooms (I wish I’d grown up with the encouragement to have as many ideas as I could!). Be sure to keep plenty of fresh markers on hand; it’s frustrating to want to start writing on a whiteboard and find that all the markers are dry and useless. * * * How do I know what I think, until I hear what I say?

Folders or Loose-Leaf Pages as Needed A good general-reference filing system, right at hand and easy to use, is not only critical to manage the general workflow process, but highly functional for project thinking as well. Often a project begins to emerge when it’s triggered by relevant data, notes, and miscellaneous materials, and for this reason, you’ll want to create a folder for a topic as soon as you have something to put in it. If your filing system is too formal (or nonexistent), you’ll

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