Getting Things Done (Book review)

Do you feel like you're not being as efficient as you could be? Do you tend to procrastinate and worry that you have forgotten something important? I'm like that, but after reading Getting Things Done (GTD) I think I have improved a little.

If you've never heard of Gettings Things Done before, it's a complete system for relieving your brain of a lot of the work it is currently doing, which will enable you to relax and as a result of that become more productive and reduce your stress level.

The book consists of three parts. The first part explains how the GTD system and the basic methods and techniques that are related to it work. The second part is a practical guide to implementing the system in your own life. Part three describes the benefits you will get when you use the GTD process for everything in your work and in your life.

Implementing the whole GTD system will take a while. I haven’t had the patience to get everything into the system, so I’m currently trying to apply the parts that I felt were quick and relatively easy to get started with.

One technique that I feel works well for me is the two-minute rule. Whenever something shows up in your “inbox” (be it in your email application, your snail mail or through a phone call), figure out if you can do it in two minutes or less, and if you can, do it right away. That, and making better use of the delete key, has helped me regain reasonable control of my email inbox.

The GTD concept is used by many people, and there are several websites, like 43 Folders, that provide tips related to the philosophy described in this book.

Getting Things Done may not change your life, but by teaching you how to get things out of your brain and into a trustworthy system of folders and lists it should help you make the life you have less stressful.

Getting Things Done
Author: David Allen
ISBN: 0142000280

Posted on July 6, 2006 in Reviews, Productivity