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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

David Allen

Veteran coach and management consultant Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to thousands. He explains how to assess goals, relax, and stay focused.

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Book Information

Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 12/30/2002
Pages: 288
ISBN-13: 9780142000281
ISBN-10: 0142000280
Language: English

What We're Saying

November 20, 2008

Michael Hyatt, President & CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, has updated his ten favorite business books. They are: Focus: The Future Of Your Company Depends On It by Al Ries, HarperBusiness Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen, Penguin Books Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap. . READ FULL DESCRIPTION

May 27, 2009

Channel Insider recently posted a slide show of 21 Must Read Books for Business Success. It was compiled by asking "successful solution providers what books have both inspired them and shaped their approach to making their businesses a success. " You can get detailed descriptions of the books by viewing the slide show, but the list itself, with links, below. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 07, 2009

Jack and I have this book coming out. You might have heard about it :) The 100 Best Business Books of All Time hits shelves February 5th, a mere 29 days from now (not that anyone is counting). We have a lot of things planned as we run up to the launch. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 11, 2011

In another installment from the annual review of business books we produced last year, we have an article from friend and former president of the company, Todd Sattersten. In it, he discusses the meta-themes in business thought that he and Jack uncovered as they spent 18 months compiling, reading, choosing and writing The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ The Five Universal Themes in Business BY TODD SATTERSTEN What happens when you spend 18 months reading the best in business literature? READ FULL DESCRIPTION

April 09, 2009

David Allen discusses how to prioritize one's most important tasks to create a stronger sense of purpose. Allen believes that productivity is directly proportional to one's ability to relax, and that true creativity comes from clear, organized thought and a clear mind. David Allen's book, Getting Things Done is one of the books in Jack and Todd's book The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

August 31, 2009

Jurgen Appelo at Noop. nl has created and algorithm that takes the number of Amazon reviews, average Amazon ranking, and number of hits on Google to create the Top 100 Best Books for Managers, Leaders & Humans. In talking about some of the analysis Appelo says: The book with the largest number of Amazon reviews is Freakonomics (#53, by Steven D. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 05, 2009

We begin 2009 with a twofer over on InBubbleWrap. We continue in our Herculean effort to give away The 100 Best Business Books of All Time by offering up David Allen's Getting Things Done, and are supplementing that already substantial offer with Allen's new book, Making It All Work. If you ask me, Getting Things Done and Making It All Work are two important goals to set for the remainder of the year, and you only have 360 days left to accomplish them. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

March 21, 2007

LifeClever has a list of 17 different interviews with Getting Things Done guru David Allen. You'll find 247 minutes of audio and over 21,000 words of text in the links provided—useful for novice and expert alike. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

August 27, 2010

A Defense of Business Books

By Sally Haldorson

It's a common reaction. When I explain to people that I work for a bookstore that specializes in business books, most people either furrow their brows or wrinkle their noses. Sometimes this reaction is caused by confusion as bookstores, to most people, are brick and mortar locations that display New York Times best selling fiction, spin racks of greeting cards, and children's pictures books. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

October 15, 2007

Authors In the Zines

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Business authors make prominent appearances in a number of magazines this month. Titled "Getting Things Done Guru David Allen and His Cult of Hyperefficiency", Wired Magazine profiles the author and Getting Things Done in the greatest detail I have seen in the major media. Allen has a huge following in the tech community which plays perfectly to Wired's core audience. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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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. In "Getting Things Done" Allen shows how to: Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box to emptyReassess goals and stay focused in changing situationsPlan projects as well as get them unstuckOvercome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmedFeel fine about what you're not doing

From core principles to proven tricks, "Getting Things Done" can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

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