VIDEO BOOK REVIEW: Getting Things Done by David Allen

Getting Things Done

About Getting Things Done (from Amazon):

Since it was first published almost fifteen 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.

My Video Book Review:

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

It’s video book review time again, and this time we’re looking at Getting Things Done by David Allen. I read the book about a year or so ago, but I’ve been talking recently on my blog about productivity and , specifically how I use Todoist with the GTD method. So I thought I’d share my review of the book here.

I’ve read a lot of productivity books. I am kind of a geek that way, but this one absolutely changed my life. It changed how I do things, and it has been amazing.

So David Allen teaches that you must capture, clarify, and organize absolutely everything. Even if it’s seemingly insignificant, like I need to change the light bulb in the entryway.

All of those things that are rolling around in our minds are taking up space. And when we can clear that space, it gives us more freedom to relax. We have all of those things out of our minds. We can relax knowing that those things will get done. In the right time. So from this book, I learned how to properly capture all of my to-dos. As I mentioned, I use Todoist now.

Before reading this book, I was guilty of, I had post-it notes on my desk. Sometimes I’d stick them on my computer. I had a notebook I carried around with me to capture things that needed to get done. And you know, just the things rolling around in my mind that I, oh, I’ll remember that later. I had requests that people would send me via text or, Slack messages and emails that would stack start stacking up. They needed follow up, and they would just kind of be sitting in my inbox. And I learned how to properly capture all of those things in one place and categorize those tasks so that my mind can be clear and I can be productive without being overwhelmed by all of those things.

Learning how to do that is work and, you know, creating a system and learning how to properly, capture and clarify and organize all of those things. It took me some time. It took me, you know, weeks, maybe a month of, using the system, revising the system, you know, and, and being able to trust that it was working.

Okay. But that’s the key. So once you have really invested that time and you can trust that system, you know that then you have that peace of mind and you can sleep better. Sometimes I still, you know, I’m going to bed at night or, I’ll wake up in the night, whatever, and something will be on my mind. And oh shoot. I forgot to do that thing. Right? And so I’ll just quick type it into my Todoist app. And then I know the next day that I will take care of it and I can go right back to sleep because I know that it will , that I can trust that system. So for me, like I mentioned, this book has been just life-changing.

If you’re interested in learning how to better organize your workload, become more productive, clear your mind and be able to, relax , I definitely recommend this book for you. It it’s a must read.

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Published by Kelly Schuknecht

Kelly Schuknecht is a marketing director with a background in the publishing industry and a passion for all things related to books. She blogs about book marketing because she loves helping authors navigate the world of social media to discover new ways to promote and sell their books. If you're looking for something good to read, you can find Kelly's top picks here: www.kellyschuknecht.com/book-faves.

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