It has been a few years since I first read this book. Today, it is a reference book which I look up quite often. Getting things done by David Allen is a book aimed at the multi-tasker who wants to get productive and efficient. In today’s world, almost all of us fit the description.
Are you constantly doing multiple things which need to be tracked? Do you quite often forget things to be done? Do you use your daily planner diligently, but still feel the need for a better system? Does your mind feel clouded at times with the number of things on your to-do list? Then this book might have a solution for you.
From early childhood, I grew up watching my father have a small pocket notebook in which he noted various things in micro-handwriting (with that four-coloured pen of his). Talk about going for a trip, talk about a ticket to be booked, talk about a program in school, talk about anything to do, out came his pocket-book and pen.
It was probably due to his influence that I started using a small booklet in my pencil-box to list down ‘homework’ to be done, ‘assignments’ to be submitted, ‘jokes’ to be shared with friends, ‘fee’ to be paid and the myriad little things that crowd the mind of a ten-year old. That habit continued and I still think in lists (of course, that is the reason I list out the plus and minus on this site). In spite of this habit, there were times when I found it overwhelming to keep track of the innumerable to-do items, particularly when I had to juggle home, family, studies, career and social life.
It was at this point in life that I came across this book, when I was not particularly eager to read another book on productivity and to-do lists. To my surprise, I found that the author describes an elaborate system that suited my needs.
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- A fool-proof system that works remarkably well.
- What a flow-chart for workflow processing! I particularly like the Someday/Maybe category. This is a true need to have a ‘mind like water.’
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- It is a pain to use this system with papers as suggested by the author. I am not sure if anyone has used it with paper and succeeded in it.
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- I use the system with Trello and it works famously with this. I had to do some research to find the best alternatives to paper. Subscribing to the GTD newsletter might help in this regard.
For an organized and productive you!