Article by: MaryEllen | Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Productivity is more important and possible than before.

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Many people dread the thought of organizing, be it at work or at home, at a desk or in your thoughts. However, David Allen makes this all possible with his explanation of the importance of putting everything in order, without process seeming tedious or nerve-wracking. A positive work environment is often taken for granted, but after reading Getting Things Done, organization will seem more important to you than ever.

With over twenty years of experience as a consultant and executive coach, Allen helps both individuals and groups become more productive. He is a published author in more than ten countries and has been a keynote speaker for many organizations, such as The World Bank and New York Life. He is the president of The David Allen Company, and spends his time sharing his knowledge of the subject with others, hoping to help them grow and become more successful and productive.

Allen makes it clear from the beginning that he believes everyone can be successful in whatever task they are trying to achieve, they simply need to follow a certain set of guidelines. Although he is very detailed, he is also flexible, and understands that not every bit of guidance he provides will be necessary in every situation. He begins by laying out his own opinions and providing the basics of effective organization. Allen explains his ideas on productivity in all aspects of a person’s life, and applies each piece of advice to both personal and professional scenarios.

Each chapter begins with a general idea, and progressively narrows. One chapter might begin with prioritizing the tasks at hand, then discussing the different methods available to you, and ending with the method Allen most recommends. He provides reasons for using certain methods in various situations and why in one case Option A is better, but in another case Option B may be best. He also warns against the dangers of common misconceptions on the subject. He goes into the changes in organization, and why old methods may no longer work, but how you can adapt to such changes.

Allen’s expertise is not only applicable to the tangible; he also gets into focus and concentration on one task at a time, and how you can keep from getting anxious when it seems there are too many tasks for one person to accomplish. Getting Things Done does a wonderful job at discussing so many issues; the book covers more topics than a reader can expect, and leaves nothing out when explaining the causes of your problems and the ways to handle different situations.

Though advising on a subject that could easily and quickly become dry, Allen does a wonderful job of keeping it interesting. Through stories of his experiences and responses by old clients, he creates a more personal tone that makes it easier to apply his ideas to your life. He includes both famous and lesser known quotes that offer a fun and interesting break after reading a list of ways to organize file cabinets or when post-its are better than a calendar. Allen also provides little reminders of what a paragraph is saying so that you do not forget the more important pieces.

Because his advice can be applied to all types of work in all types of environments, almost anyone could apply his theories to their life and would see improvement. Some of his ideas are not new or surprising, but they are methods of improving productivity that are generally overlooked. Allen’s theories may seem like common sense, but it is common sense that people often choose to ignore, simply because they don’t realize how important organizing and prioritizing can be. Tasks that seemed of little importance now seem crucial, but he presents them in such a way that it does not leave you terrified to attempt. The idea of spending an entire day doing nothing but cleaning your desk and file cabinets does not seem daunting; in fact, it becomes appealing and essential.

Whether or not you are content with your state of productivity, you should take a look at Getting Things Done; you may realize there are so many more ways to improve, and may even find you have extra time on your hands once you’re more organized.

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