Getting things done – book review

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free ProductivityGetting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It struck me that the target audience for this book are people in middle to upper management, since they are the ones most often outlining new company strategies and setting up district offices. I couldn’t stop thinking: How did they get the job they have without basic organizational skills? Were they well connected and or just bought their degree online. Either way the current situation in the US reinforces the idea that there may be people in upper management that should just go back to the warehouse.

That they need a book to tell them to set up an inbox or how to process email reinforces the idea that The Peter Principle is alive and well and too many people are not qualified for the work they have. Although he does address this towards the end of the book by saying that it is the smartest and most successful people that have trouble keeping their priorities straight but it just sounds like butt kissing to me.

This book contains essential tips like:
•Make sure you have nice ball point pens near places you need to jot things down
•Clean out your desk regularly
•Make notes of things you are thinking about
•Hang pictures in your workspace
•Install white boards in your children’s bedrooms. Presumably so they have easy access to the markers for sniffing.

I am well on my way now to getting lots of things done!
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