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This week, Life Training Online will be reviewing Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen, the third of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.

Looking back at this week, I can already say that this book has and will continue to change my life for the better. I don’t often come across a book which does this, but as I worked through the exercises — Collection, Processing, Organizing, Reviewing and Doing — with my own “stuff” this week, I’ve already seen marked improvements in my productive throughput.

David Allen’s simple, yet powerful, system is a perfect match for me. For the longest time now, I’ve struggled to find a personal management system that worked. I’ve tried everything from the Day Runner planning system (which I couldn’t stand) to simple daily to-do lists (just seemed to lack purpose). It wasn’t until I discovered Stephen Covey’s Franklin Planner system that I thought I found the Cadillac of all planners.

Covey’s planner is excellent. However, its value-based and big-picture approach often left much to be desired in the trenches of my day-to-day work. With it, my values and goals were in the right place, but I sometimes felt I was trying to chase down a squirrel with a Mack Truck – I had much too cumbersome of a tool to deal with the fast moving and ever-changing “knowledge work” that I was required to do. Allen’s system on the other hand, deals with this “trench warfare” quite nicely.

I will continue to use Covey’s planner to make sure my “big picture” is painted correctly, but for the day to day, Allen’s system is the way to go.

Getting Things Done is a highly recommended and definite must read…’nuff said.

Next week, we’ll be shifting gears and taking a look at what many consider to be THE authoritative work on the Law of Attraction – Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires, by Esther and Jerry Hicks…so stick around!

Getting Things Done is the third of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.

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