Book Review : Getting Things Done by David Allen

  • 13th May'21
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About the Author:

David Allen, the founder of David Allen Company, is famous for his book Getting Things Done. He is a productivity consultant and the founder of David Allen Company that tackles productivity, action management, and executive coaching. His Getting Things Done procedure is a part of his coaching undertakings. He was also one of the producers of Actioneer, Inc., a company specializing in productivity tools for the Palm Pilot. 


About the Book: 

The book mainly focuses on breakthrough methods for stress-free performance. The tricks and tips in this book have helped tens and thousands of people across the country. Allen's assumption is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our capacity to relax. He states that only when our minds are clear, and our opinions are clear can we accomplish anything without stress and enhance our creative capacity. Only when our minds are clear and our opinions organized we can accomplish effective productivity and unleash our creative capability.


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In Getting Things Done, Allen shows how to:

  •  Relate the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" principle to get your in-box to empty
  •  Reassess objectives and stay focused in changing circumstances
  • Plan programs as well as get them unstuck
  • Overcome sentiments of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
  • Feel fine about the task you're not performing


Applying Allen’s system will increase your creativity and productivity. His system is as acceptable to one’s home environment and programs as its work. He also contends it can help procrastinators. Getting Things Done is part of tools and procedures, part psychology. Allen says that grasping your time enables you to live in the present minute. This may be the true gift of this book.

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