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Getting Things Done

David Allen ยท 352 pages

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Getting Things Done is a productivity system developed by David Allen that emphasizes capturing, clarifying, and organizing all of one's tasks and commitments. The system provides a framework for managing both personal and professional responsibilities, reducing stress and increasing productivity. Allen offers practical advice on everything from managing email to delegating tasks to others. With a focus on clarity and organization, Getting Things Done is a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their productivity and reduce stress.

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1. Use the “two-minute rule” to quickly complete small tasks and avoid procrastination.
2. Capture all of your to-do items in an external system to reduce mental clutter.
3. Clarify each item on your to-do list to ensure you have a clear understanding of what needs to be done.
4. Organize your to-do list by context to increase efficiency and productivity.
5. Review your to-do list regularly to ensure you’re on track and making progress.
6. Use the “next action” principle to identify the next physical action required for each task.
7. Delegate tasks to others when possible to free up time and reduce stress.
8. Use a calendar to schedule time for specific tasks and ensure they get done.
9. Prioritize your to-do list based on urgency and importance.
10. Use the GTD system to reduce stress and increase productivity in all areas of your life.

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In today’s world, yesterday’s methods just don’t work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen’s premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential.