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The metaphor of the stress-free mind as a still pond encapsulates the message of David Allen’s best-selling book. But you don’t reach Allen’s placid pond via a quiet, Zen-like path. Instead, you build and maintain an organizational system so efficient that you never need to worry about any task once you feed it to the machine. Allen’s manual for a productive life can help anyone who is dealing with stress or an overheated to-do list. He provides multiple fresh approaches to generating new efficiencies in your life and work.

About the Author

David Allen, president of David Allen & Company, has been a keynote speaker and facilitator for multiple corporate and organizational clients. He writes a biweekly email newsletter, “Productivity Principles.”


Beyond the Calendar

Many people today take on more projects than they can handle properly, Allen argues, thereby increasing their stress levels. Continual change and fuzzy edges hamper many projects, he explains, so you may not be certain you’ve even finished a job. This lack of borders creates added work in organizations and spurs unnecessary, frequent memos and discussions about work in progress. “If it’s on your mind,” the author writes, “your mind isn’t clear.”

Allen asserts that to accomplish your projects effectively and efficiently, you need to achieve the following two goals:

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    S. D. 8 months ago
    Great ideas instilled in just 15 minutes read, really grateful to getabstract team. I will try my best to implement these ideas in my own life. Kudos, team Getabstract.
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    F. M. 11 months ago
    Great summary and book!
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    M. v. 3 years ago
    really helpfull, works great in combination with Onenote
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    M. B. 3 years ago
    Good summary but its missing the whole part of the book dedicated to things you'd like to do if you had the time
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    R. S. 4 years ago
    This book has some simple and greatest ideas. I've already applied a few ideas, and that works ;)
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    I. G. 7 years ago
    Excellent ideas about systematically moving through work. I will be applying some form of these actions to my own systems.