Book Review: Getting Things Done

If you are looking for a book that will help you develop a system for being extremely productive, then buy this book right now! David Allen is a genius! I should note that you need to be ready to read this book. I tried reading it two years ago, and I just wasn’t ready yet. I’ve now become a student of productivity and Getting Things Done has helped me develop an efficient system for getting things done.

If you’re going to read this book, I suggest reading it and start implementing the system as you’re reading the book. If you don’t act while you’re reading the book, you’ll most likely get overwhelmed and give up.

I hope that at some point in your life and career you’ll read this book, it will help you go to another level! Below I’ve included some of the highlights and two links where you can buy the book. Enjoy!

This diagram is an overview of the “Getting Things Done System” – it’s excellent! Memorize this!

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Some Highlights:

  • First of all, if it’s on your mind, your mind isn’t clear. Anything you consider unfinished in any way must be captured in a trusted system outside your mind, or what I call a collection bucket, that you know you’ll come back to regularly and sort through
  • There is usually an inverse proportion between how much something is on your mind and how much it’s getting done.
  • (1) collect things that command our attention; (2) process what they mean and what to do about them; and (3) organize the results, which we (4) review as options for what we choose to (5) do.
  • It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do. —Elbert Hubbard
  • a project as any desired result that requires more than one action step.
  • You don’t actually do a project; you can only do action steps related to it.
  • The Weekly Review is the time to Gather and process all your “stuff.” Review your system. Update your lists. Get clean, clear, current, and complete.
  • You have more to do than you can possibly do. You just need to feel good about your choices.
  • Priority Given your context, time, and energy available, what action will give you the highest payoff
  • You’ve got to think about the big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.
  • If the project is still on your mind, there’s more planning to do.