David Allen reads an all-new edition of his popular self-help classic for managing work-life balance in the 21st century - now updated for the new challenges facing individuals and organizations in today's rapidly changing world.
Since it was first published more than 15 years ago, David Allen's Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era and the ultimate book on personal organization. "GTD" is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.
Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.
©2001 David Allen (P)2001 Simon & Schuster
GTD finally freed my brain from all the "coulda, shoulda, woulda, but not sure how to" and let me focus on "right now" again because "later" has been captured and will look after itself.
I absolutely loved this book and feel it will benefit me in all aspects of my life! I am telling everyone about it and putting it into practice. I also intend to read it again in a few months time as David suggests and no doubt I will learn more from it the second time around.
"Rewritten word for word? Literally, yes..."
David Allen says in the book he has rewritten the original, from scratch. If he did that, it's been an incredibly unproductive effort as it seems to have been rewritten word for word, something that only makes sense if he was learning how to write on a typewriter or keyboard.
Yes, the words are almost literally the same as in the original. Some of the terms have been recoined to better fit the language used in his last book "Making It All Work" – which I find by far his best, by the way. MIAW is an underestimated gem.
Yes, David has added a chapter or two, but all of a sudden the book was over, and I hadn't come across much new stuff. I think this will be true for many who've followed David Allen / GTD for some years. There's not been much changed or added, and what has, you'll already be familiar with, from the interwebs, blogs, etc.
So if you don't have the original book: get this one. If you do have it: skip this one.
"Worthy Upgrade - Worth Your Time"
This new audio edition of Getting Things Done advances the practice of GTD and covers a slightly updated process as we have embraced new technology along with reinforcing the tenets of the GTD methodology that have been proven-out by research conducted over the years since the first edition was released.
This Audible edition will inspire new students to embrace the practice of GTD and will re-energize current practitioners that might need a shot in the arm.
As with the first edition of Getting Things Done, hearing David Allen explain GTD will inspire you to jump into GTD with both feet. His narration comes from the heart which only makes the "story" better.
Solid production only adds to a wonderful listening experience. Highly recommended!
"Absolute must read! Or hear in this case!"
This book has changed my life since I first read it but hearing this new version has revealed new meaning and content that was not clear up to now. The fact the author himself reads it is an advantage because the right emphasis is given to the most important topics. If you need to get some focus and get closer to mind like water hear this!
"Lots of rambling. Hard to follow as an audiobook"
If it's more to the point. He rambles on and on.
Make it more clear. Stop talking about how awesome and important this book is. I went through the first 3 hours and couldn't stand it anymore.
I had to speed it up, but it was a bunch of rambling anyway that was hard to follow as a book.
nothing new. Anger and frustration. I was really looking forward to hearing this book but it may be better if i can browse through it at the bookstore.
"Follow up to "Willpower""
I read "Willpower" a while back, and though the information was very fun to learn, I had difficulty applying it to the real world. For example, I read that the most successful people don't necessarily have extraordinary willpower, they just organize their day around the idea that it is finite. Good deal...how do they do that? This book is a perfect companion to what seems like useless knowledge--filling in all the blanks and leaving you with a great sense of clarity.
Wish I'd discovered it sooner, but it sounded gimmicky when I heard about it years ago. Better late than never!
"Ignore Reviews Claiming "No New Material""
I'm at a loss for why anyone would claim this book is the same as original. Unless a person doesn't read it in its entirety or is hoping for a new quick fix that varied greatly from the original program, this book is a new life changer all is own. David Allen addresses most all of the "holes" that one might have found in the first writing. He gives a much more extensive, detailed explanation of the 5 steps of GTD, their benefits, new best practices for each, scientific reasoning and common pitfalls. Lastly, he's not the same person he was 15 years ago and explains things in a more understandable and organized manner in this edition. This is not a rewrite done to keep an publisher with new material. This is one of the most well thought our rewrites I've ever read. If you are a GTDer, or a constantly restarting want to be, lol, like I was for years, this book will bring new life to your efforts to have a mind like water.
"Solid method, but sometimes hard to follow"
Solid method, Hard to follow sometimes due to the author's style. (Why stop at one descriptive noun when you can tack on a couple more adjectives!),
"Inbox Zero Achieved"
I first read GTD many years ago and implemented some of the principles. As I am looking to step up my productivity, I decided to grab the updated audio version.
The second time through is already proving successful as I was able to get my email inbox to zero (from 8k) and have next actions assigned to all projects. With each accomplishment, I gain more fuel to drive me further within the GTD program.
My only complaint is that the audio book was a bit dull at times, and hard to get through. As a returning GTD believer, I knew it was worth pushing through, but more real world stories or implementations (similar to what is on the GTD podcast) would make it easier to get through the book.
Complaint aside, I believe if I get one great takeaway from a book it was worth it, and GTD delivers many more.
"Good, but vague and general."
More concrete examples would have been nice. This book clearly espouses an effective system, but a lot of the author's points are abstract and hard to objectify, making it a bit of a chore to listen to. Specific examples would have helped a lot. That said, I will be listening to it again and am implementing the GTD protocol. I listened to it at 1.25x speed.
"Better as kindle version"
Probably much better as kindle or paper book. to much tips, tricks, lists etc. to listen to when driving etc.
"Getting Things Done by David Allen"
I work for a large Acute healthcare provider in the East Midlands in the UK. This book was recommended to me by the Trust Secretary over 4 years ago in November 2012 after he did a training for me and my team one Saturday morning. He said to me that most people would not follow the GTD system, but he was happy to give up his time for the few that would so. I finally read the first version of GTD whilst on honeymoon in September 2016. I was amazed and relieved that all my efforts of trying to get more organised and more productive, which had most all invariably failed, had not been due to my lack of effort or willingness to improve but rather due to not having a trusted system for getting things done. I instantly applied the teachings in the book upon my return to work and feel more relaxed and more productive immediately. I have also purchased the audio version of the second edition and plan to listen to it on my daily commutes until I have fully implemented the GTD system. This book may well have saved my sanity and career in the healthcare sector.
"Good overview of methodology but only in addition to the book"
Well read and structured and very handy to listen to in order to get an overview of the methodology when reading isn't convenient. To get the most out of GTD however you need the book with all of the workflow diagrams etc that are included in the print publication that audio obviously does not provide so this is good audiobook when in addition to the print version, not quite as useful without it.
"Already feeling the reduction in stress"
Have already started implementing with Evernote while listening to this audio book and it's fantastic! The examples provided are very clear and useful.
"For the working parent"
This is a great book for all parents who are working when they feel things are getting on top of them. The only thing you may find is that when listening to the book one must repeat the chapters to understand the principles and techniques required for their own personal circumstances. The GTD methodology is unique for each individual person, as I have come to realise. This alone poses a challenge of organising oneself and the book alone will not give you simple instructions which will fit perfectly. All areas will need to be created by you and once in place, may need to be adapted when different challenges present themselves. The book itself gives a good foundation however and is an essential read.
Genuinely life changing book. Have read the original version many times and it's great to have a revised edition, even better to have it read by the author (who is an inspiring speaker).
"Great book, but not in audio"
Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracy. That's the closest book I can think of, but Getting Things Done is so much more advanced and technical. It also rejects some of the recommendations in Eat That Frog, such as the ABCDE method for setting priorities.
This is a great book for project management. It tells you what works, and what doesn't work. So many useful concepts in here: the open loops, the vertical and horizontal views, how to use folders, the 2-minutes rule... I've started using his recommendations inmediately, and seeing the benefits.
However, I give 3 stars overall because this is a book is so dense that it's very hard to understand in an audio version. I paused it and bought the actual book in the Kindle edition, which I also strongly recommend you to do.
"Great method, but lengthy narration"
Getting Things Done or GTD is a great holistic methodology to free up your mind from the mundane task of managing your todos and enables it to be more productive and creative. Its beauty is that it is applicable across all aspects of life and that it aims at revolutionizing the way you manage your workload, a basis of all more impactful and exciting activities. The book gives a great overview of the theory and practice including examples but gets slightly lengthy and repetitive. If you are new to GTD I recommend watching David Allen's YouTube talk instead or reading one of the many great GTD introductions by other authors. Once you decide to give GTD a try, come back to this book for more details and examples.
"Excellent approach to organising everything"
I am on my third listen to this audio book. Not because I did not get it but each listen realises extra information.
I use this approach and the "what is the next action" is to me one of the most important ideas in the book.
"Good ideas but way over egged"
Provides a good framework for getting things done
Make it 50% shorter
No, I would fall asleep
This could be reduced to about 25% of its current length.
"would be better in paper"
struggled with this being in audio. the bits I have picked up are useful though.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.