Getting Things Done - David Allen

The first book I re-read this year was Getting things Done.

This book forever changed the way I look at being organised, back when I read it for the first time in 2015. It is a must-red for productivity. It prescribes a principle-based system for recording tasks and organising them.

There are two fundamental assumptions that underly the philosophy of this book:

1. The fact that we forget things at the time we most need to remember them.

2. That we spend too much time and mental energy thinking about things which we will do later

The system described in this book helps to deal with these two issues, and I've summarised the main principles here for you:

1. Capture – write down tasks, thoughts and anything that you want to remember

2. Process – sit down daily and put these tasks into categories, assign them to a day, to your next action list, or to the ‘sometime’ category.

3. Review – weekly review your system and assess any outstanding issues

Don’t take up more mental energy than you need to remembering and being anxious about all the things you have to do. Commit them to a storage facility outside your brain and reserve your mental powers for things you actually need to do.

Break down larger tasks into specific actions, and make them into projects.

These tips and others will help you power through the list of actions you need to take to make your day a productive one.


There are so many things in this book that it is hard to distill them into a couple of main points. This book has changed my life for the better, and I highly reccomend reading it. Here is an Amazon Affiliate link to purchase the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143126563/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=martinpitt123-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0143126563&linkId=27e29a67e28ae9056799ec67295a1a4a

[originally posted January 2nd]

Hi, I'm Martin Pitt

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