Get Things Done

It was recommended to me to read a book called Get Things Done. I found an audiobook at about 3 hrs long. Whew, who has 3 hrs! Then I found an ebook summary from a group who does fairly good summaries at about 41 pages. We're getting better. Then I found an 8.5 min video summary, now that fits in the schedule! Here's the video, enjoy, and start getting things done! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCswMsONkwY
 

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  • I want to read so many books but if it isn't in ebook form I can't read them anymore so to me a 7 hour book is accomplished on my commutes and doing chores haha I love it!

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    • WordTenor
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    • WordTenor
    • 6 mths ago
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    GTD is absolutely worth not shortcutting. It’s much like YNAB in that way.  You can get a budget up and running in a couple minutes with a short video maybe,  but it takes longer and more thinking to fully reap all of the benefits of the method. Same with GTD.  Plus, it’s good to understand the concept of a next action, a context ordered list, what belongs on the calendar etc.,  and have examples of what those things look like in the midst of real people’s workdays. 

    I highly recommend the full book.  The audio version is unabridged and read by the author so you get all of the nuances that he intends.

     There’s a reason my journal is called control and perspective...go read the book and find out. 😊

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  • I don't consider myself a reader but, thanks to Audible, I have listened to hundreds of hours of audiobooks. Getting Things Done was one of those books. If I'm in the car, working on some chores around the house, or even mowing the lawn, I'm listening to another audiobook. The best ones are narrated by the author. I HIGHLY recommend building the habit of listening to audiobooks. 😀📖🎧

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      • MXMOM
      • 6 mths ago
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      Michael I used to have an Audible subscription but then I found out that I can download audio books for free from the library.

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  • I don't do full-on GTD any more, but I think I retained a lot of good stuff from it that I use day-to-day. One of the best lessons was to only put actions on my to-do list, not entire projects. Before GTD, I would put, say, "Write an article about Roth IRAs" on my list and wonder why it wasn't getting done, when that's actually a project that requires many individual steps.

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      • MXMOM
      • 6 mths ago
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      Matthew I second this approach.  Although GTD was a big deal 20 years ago, the principles are good and still apply today. I say "begin with the end in mind" at least once a week, for everything from setting up a spreadsheet to packing. 

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