David Allen - Getting Things Done

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Praise for Getting Things Done
"The Season's Best Reads for Work-Life Advice .. . my favorite
on organizing your life: Getting Things Done . . . offers help build-
ing the new mental skills needed in an age of multi tasking and
—Sue Shellenbarger, The Wall Street Journal
"I recently attended David's seminar on getting org anized, and after
seeing him in action I have hope . .. David Allen's seminar was an
—Stewart Alsop, Fortune
"Allen drops down from high-level philosophizing to the fine details
of time management. Take a minute to check this one out."
—Mark Henricks, Entrepreneur
"David Allen's productivity principles are rooted i n big ideas ...
but they're also eminently practical."
—Keith H. Hammonds, Fast Company
"David Allen brings new clarity to the power of pur pose, the
essential nature of relaxation, and deceptively simple guidelines
for getting things done. He employs extensive exper ience, per-
sonal stories, and his own recipe for simplicity, speed, and fun."
—Frances Hesselbein, chairman, board of governors,
The Drucker Foundation
"Anyone who reads this book can apply this knowledg e and these
skills in their lives for immediate results."
—Stephen P. Magee, chaired professor of business and
economics, University of Texas at Austin

"A true skeptic of most management fixes, I have to say David's
program is a winner!"
—Joline Godfrey, CEO, Independent Means, Inc. and
author of Our Wildest Dreams
"Getting Things Done describes an incredibly practical process that
can help busy people regain control of their lives. It can help you
be more successful. Even more important, it can hel p you have a
happier life!"
—Marshall Goldsmith, coeditor, The Leader of the Future
and Coaching for Leadership
"WARNING: Reading Getting Things Done can be hazardous
to your old habits of procrastination. David Allen' s approach is
refreshingly simple and intuitive. He provides the systems, tools,
and tips to achieve profound results."
—Carola Endicott, director, Quality Resources, New
England Medical Center

David Allen has been called one of the world's most influential
thinkers on productivity and has been a keynote spe aker and
facilitator for such organizations as New York Life, the World
Bank, the Ford Foundation, L.L. Bean, and the U.S. Navy, and
he conducts workshops for individuals and organizations across
the country. He is the president of The David Allen Company
and has more than twenty years experience as a mana gement
consultant and executive coach. His work has been featured in
Fast Company, Fortune, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times,
The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Getting
Things Done has been published in twelve foreign countries.
David Allen lives in Ojai, California.

The Art of
Stress-Free Productivity
David Allen

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