Getting Things Done

getthingsdone_cover Getting Things Done: The Art Of Stress-Free Productivity

by David Allen

Taking Back Control


I have to confess I started GTD with the same scepticism I read any self-help manual. As you may imagine, I’m not a big fan of this genre. Throughout the book, the author describes with agile and enthusiastic prose every aspect of this method (by the way named GTD). In a nutshell, the main goal of GTD is basically to be relaxed and focus on what you’re doing at a moment. The way to get there involves following up a precise methodology based on writing everything down. Most of the book explains the structure and maintenance of the equipment (baskets, lists, cabinets and so forth) needed to keep the system working efficiently. If you’re a good guy and fulfill the rules, all your stuff will be under control so your mind will be empy and you’ll ultimately feel better.

I think the GTD implementation requires a lot of self-control so I seriously doub that It goes well with most of the population. Although I’ve got a remarkable tendency to chaos and disorder, I’ve been working with a partial implementation of GTD for four months with good results. Gradually (against the book advice) I am implementing the whole methodology. My reason to try GTD is that it’s simple and based on common sense. Till now I’ve noticed I’m more conscious of how much stuff I have to deal with on my daily basis. In short, for me GTD has actually meant more control.

Back to the book, I must criticise the excessive enthusiasm that covers this type of books although I´ve been through worse times. The second negative aspect I have to mention is the length of the book. In my opinion is a bit lengthy and redundant mainly because it tries to emphasize over and over the key concepts. I actually prefer those books that get straight to the point…no offense, but life is short.:)

To sum up, I recomend GTD to all of those who have lost control over their lifes and don’t know how to manage so many projects and commitments. Either as a way of life or as “Tips and Tricks”, I sincerely believe that GTD can help with all that stuff.
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