Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free ProductivityBy David AllenViking, 2001. 267 pgs. Nonfiction
You know you need to read a book when other books mention this one. Getting Things Done is about a decade old now, but still one of the most simple and intuitive organization systems out there. If you’re like me and sometimes just feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things you need to remember to do, then you should definitely check out this book. David Allen explains that our minds are just not designed to remember what we need to do when we need to do it. So trying to depend on it as a catch-all for our lives both personal and professional is ultimately going to fail and stress you out. Even more, this stress and anxiety is actually keeping your mind from innovative thinking and creativity.
David Allen maps out a plan to get everything out of your head and organized into action lists that leave no doubt about what to do next (unlike your old “to-do” lists). The GTD (Getting Things Done) System will definitely take some time to implement, but could really reduce those feelings of being overwhelmed.