Getting Things Done

The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

In this book review I introduce David Allen’s “Getting things done”. I can recommend this book to anyone who has to think about a lot and feels overwhelmed by all the things he still wants to do. However, there has to be a willingness to put what you have read into practice. Sometimes the book is dry and long-winded. The value I have gained from it clearly prevails

Create more with less stress and unfold your creative potential!

So far I have mastered my private and professional planning with an “own” system and the support of Evernote. After reading the book, my tool remained the same, but I changed the system from the ground up. This is Work in Progress and is currently being optimized.

To the book: Getting things done by David Allen

David Allens Getting things Done is a business book that deals with self-management. The book was first published in 2002 and left a lasting impression on the business world. Since then it has been recommended as the go-to book for self-management. In 2015 the author has published a revised version which deals more with today’s working conditions. In addition it addresses feedback from the readers of the first edition.

His core message: “Our head is there to have ideas – not to hold them”. Our productivity is directly related to our ability to relax. When our minds are clear and our thoughts orderly, we can unfold our true creative potential.

I myself became aware of the book when it was recommended several times by people who are sometimes the most productive people I know. Including Mike Matthews and Tim Ferriss.

Right now, many people believe that multitasking is essential to get more things done. One thing is often ignored: The quality of the things you do. David presents a tried and tested system that, when used correctly, promises to get more done and be less stressed.

In the beginning the book deals with abstract things like paradigms, setting goals and the change that happens when you suddenly get a lot of things done. Throughout the book he becomes more concrete and introduces the GTD model step by step.

  1. Capture it: Stocktaking
  2. Clarify: Clarify what to do
  3. Organize: Implementation in the system
  4. Reflect: Regular review of the projects
  5. Engage: Run the specified tasks.

He says that the system is not even taken over and you are suddenly productive from 0 to 100. The book is used to create a system that serves as an anchor point. Then the work begins and you can gradually improve your system. It is important that you trust your system, otherwise you miss the goal: peace of mind. If the system is not trusted, the head tries to remember things and to keep them in the back of the head.

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When you start to make things happen you begin to believe that you can make things happen and that makes things happen.

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Maruan has founded marumedia, a small digital product design agency based in Hamburg, Germany. Furthermore, he does consult in UX/UI design and development. He created to share his journey, learnings, pains, and lessons he encountered while doing so.

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