Thumbs up for Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. Nonfiction/organization.
I am not the white-collar professional that this book is so obviously geared towards, but nevertheless my personal to-do list is expanding to the size of the Encyclopedia Britannica. This is not a self-help book in the style of “let’s meditate on how you see yourself as a person.” It’s strictly practical. If I were to put it in a nutshell, I’d say it’s about making lists. Lists of everything, so you don’t have to keep it all in your head. My “to-do” list, in the end, ended up with 81 items. Do I feel less stressed out? Yeah, I actually do. Having them on my iPhone, organized in categories so I can look at them when in the position to do them, is far better than having them romping around in endless circles between my ears. Also – awesome quotes in the margins. So. Thumbs up.
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See also the alternate title at Better Book Titles. Which kind of sums it up.
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