It used to be that you were either productive or relaxed–but not both, at least at the same time. Sure, the world’s wisdom traditions have taught for centuries how to move forward in life with quiet minds. But modern organizations were slow to the game.
At least until David Allen entered the scene.
Allen’s 2002 book Getting Things Done not only proclaimed “stress-free productivity” to be possible. It showed people how to do it. The positive results of following the system brought many grown men (and women) to tears. And it led TIME magazine to declare the book “the defining self-help business book of its time.”
On March 17, a week from today, an updated version of the book comes out. (I pre-ordered my copy on Amazon). In Episode 13 of The Amiel Show, David Allen and I discuss what’s new in this version, what’s timeless, and why power naps and someday/maybe lists make life better. We explore (times are approximate):
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“Almost all the cool things I’ve done in life started on my Someday/Maybe list.”
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Explore Additional Resources
- The Updated Edition of Getting Things Done, Published March 17, 2015
- David Allen’s gtd web site
Jim Fallows’s first article in Atlantic on why he joined the GTD “cult”
Jim Fallows’s most recent published interview of David Allen
- Tony Schwartz and The Energy Project
- “Why companies should make employees take naps,” Fast Company article by Tony Schwartz
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