Book Review: Getting Things Done By David Allen

GettingTHingsDone
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Zy Marquiez
January 10, 2018

“We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can’t slow down enough to enjoy when they came.”
– Alan Watts

In an advancing age of speed, where the smallest circumstance can cost time and money, a way to warp through the morass would benefit any individual.  Getting Things Done is a book that not only helps individuals cut through the cluttering weeds of daily life,  but also helps narrow down with specificity the proper actions to be taken and how to sequence those in order to attain your goals.  Therein lies the simplicity of the book.

The book’s main tenet lies behind the ultimate value of “Next-Action Decision-Making Process.”  This next-action process is achieved by merely asking ourselves “What’s the next action?” or simply “What’s next?”  The task of asking ourselves what needs to be done not only increases our speed because we remain focused on completing tasks, but also increases productivity while also forcing accountability.  However, for all this to take place one needs to be precise.  For instance, saying one needs to go buy groceries is vague; on the other hand, saying one needs to purchase eggs, milk, bread, is not.  Such simple actions help dissolve much of the confusion that can take place in countless settings.  To be even more specific, one could also write down what store one would need to buy which specific items (if shopping at multiple places was part of the schedule.)

In any case, Allen also encourages individuals to write down their daily, weekly, and monthly goals in order to set their mind concretely on the right target, therefore employing the right steps.  Specificity here is also crucial, since the use of writing down specific action-steps through goals breaks down seemingly monolithic projects into much more manageable bite-sized chunks.  Such tangible actions are at the core of “getting things done”.

One of the critical suggestions Allen gives is in how one organizes tasks and thereafter sifts through these critical tasks.  This was my main reason for my purchasing the book, and the insights were highly valuable.  Along these lines is Allen’s two-minute rule, which is the one rule that has helped me the most given my nature and its practicality.  This rule boils down to whether or not a task can be done in two minutes; if it can, the task should get done on the spot – no waiting whatsoever.  If not, one gets to follow the proper “What’s the next action?” sequence and go from there.

With everything said, it is crucial to note that there are different editions of this book.  After reading reviews I chose to purchase the first edition rather than the latter one based on suggestions by a few people.   I noticed the latest edition, which is the third, is about 100 pages longer, although the content might be garrulous and didn’t seem to add any additional value in the eyes of the reviewers.  This is mentioned for consideration to others since there are multiple editions out there, some of which are more useful than others, depending on the circumstances.  The latter editions have been quite different, so please bear that in mind.

In any case, another significant component which added additional value to the book was the quotes on the margins.  Although the book could have been written without out them, the fact that the author chose to include these illuminating aphorisms help cement the points he was trying to make, and was very much appreciated.

Plain and simple, if navigating through life you run into ceaseless constellations of clutter, or merely want to organize part of your life, work, hobby, are a homeschooler or self-directed learner, even if just a bit, get this book.  Not only will this book help you streamline a lot of goals and save you time, but probably also save you money while also giving you immense peace of mind.  Complement this book with Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy, and you will surely have a template for success.

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15 Minute CALMING YOGA For Stress Relief and Anxiety

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Zy Marquiez
January 10, 2018

Use this 15 minute calming yoga for stress relief and anxiety to calm your mind and relax your body with long, relaxing yoga stretches.

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Perler Beads Tutorial: Super Mario Bros – Pixel Art Show

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Zy Marquiez
January 10, 2018

In this follow up video, Kyle McCoy, creator and Artist at the Pixel Art Show, gives his viewers a tutorial in creating Pixel Art on Super Mario Bros.

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Quote | Love | Individuals | Change | Politics

*Thx to Lily for sharing this.

“We need to stop looking to politicians to make our world better.  Politicians don’t make a world a better place.  Everything that’s ever made a world a better place has come from inventors, engineers, scientists, teachers, artists, builders, philosophers, healers, and people that choose love over hate.”
– Don Freeman

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Mega Man and Dr Light Speed Painting – Squarepainter

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Zy Marquiez
January 10, 2018

Squarepainter speed paints Mega Man and Dr. Light from the Mega Man series on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

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Top Medical Uses For Honey

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Zy Marquiez
January 10, 2018

Honey is a common natural healing agent that has been used for centuries as a topical antibiotic on wounds. Some companies even have medical grade honey bandages for wounds. It can also be used for sore throats, colds, and other common ailments.

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Simplifying Aspects Of Your Life – 25 Simplicity Quotes

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Zy Marquiez
January 9, 2018

Below are several quotes from respected individuals which allude to the importance of simplicity.

The reason for sharing these is to contemplate them deeply and ruminate about what prompted these individuals to make such statements. This should gives us an insight into what these individuals displayed in their daily lives:

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”
– Leonardo Da Vinci

“If you can’t explain it simple enough, you can’t understand it well enough.”
– Albert Einstein

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity”
– Plato

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
– Coco Chanel

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
– Confucius

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
– Paramahansa Yoganda

– Simplicity will stand out, while complexity will get lost in the crowd.”
– Kevin Barnett

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
– Hans Hoffman

“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”
– William Golding

– “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
– Albert Einstein

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
– Bruce Lee

“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”
– Isaac Newton

“Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Very often, people confuse simple with simplistic. The nuance is lost on most.”
– Clement Monk

“How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart.”
– William Wordsworth

“Today’s complexities demand greater simplicity.”
– Elder L. Tom Perry

“Live simply so that others may simply live.”
– Mother Theresa

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex…it takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
– Albert Einstein

“Embrace simplicity…Be content with what you have and are, and not one can despoil you.”
– Chris Prentiss

Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.
– Joel Osteen

“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
– Laozi

“Simplicity is the glory of expression.”
– Walt Whitman

“Simplicity is the nature of great souls.”
– Papa Ramadas

“Simplicity is realizing what you need rather than what you want.”
– Apoorve Dubey

In our current day an age, there is an excess of complexity which plagues the populace. We have all dealt with a plethora of issues which harbor extreme complexity to the hilt. Much of it is out of our hands, but thankfully, not all of it.

If the complexity is overdone, this leads to all manner of detrimental circumstances which are harmful to the individual, waste their time, and increase their stress.

As is often the case, for many issues there are solutions that can be viewed far easier if one just takes a step back and analyzes the situation from a detached point of view.  Although not taught in conventional schooling, the mental tool of seeing things from a detached macro-POV is extremely useful for being able to see how different things interlock in the grand scheme of things rather than viewing things from a 1st person limited perspective

Allow me to repeat Paramahansa Yoganda’s incisive quote that might be of great use to most of us in the current world we live in: “Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”

If ever there were a quote that precisely relates how people would be best served, this one would be one of them.

Its so simple, its elegant.   And it would solve countless problems and ameliorate stress as well.

It’s worked countless times in my life, and perhaps it can work in yours as well.

Simplicity is just another choice/tool for the proactive, mindful, and incisive individual.

So why not keep implement this tool into your repertoire?

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