Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life

Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life

by David Allen

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Overview

The companion to the blockbuster bestseller, Getting Things Done.

Since its publication in 2001, Getting Things Done has become, as Time magazine put it, "the defining self-help business book" of the decade. Having inspired millions of readers around the world, it clearly spoke to an urgent need in an increasingly time-pressured society. Now, in the highly anticipated sequel Making It All Work, Allen unlocks the full power of his methods across the entire span of life and work. While Getting Things Done functioned as an essential tool kit, Making It All Work is an invaluable road map, providing both bearings to help you determine where you are in life and directions on how to get to where you want to go.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440655401
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 369,289
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Allen is president of The David Allen Company and has more than twenty years experience as a consultant and executive coach for such organizations as Microsoft, the Ford Foundation, L.L.Bean, and the World Bank. His work has been featured in Fast Company, Fortune, Atlantic Monthly, O, and many other publications.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Introduction: From Getting Things Done to Making It All Work 1

2 The GTD phenomenon 14

3 Making It All Work-the Process 49

4 The Fundamentals of Self-Management 60

5 Getting Control: Capturing 76

6 Getting Control: Clarifying 103

7 Getting Control: Organizing 128

8 Getting Control: Reflecting 161

9 Getting Control: Engaging 170

10 Getting Control: Applying This to Life and Work 193

11 Getting Perspective 200

12 Getting Perspective on the Runway: Next Actions 209

13 Getting Perspective at Ten Thousand Feet: Projects 216

14 Getting Perspective at Twenty Thousand Feet: Areas of Focus and Responsibility 227

15 Getting Perspective at Thirty Thousand Feet: Goals and Objectives 235

16 Getting Perspective at Forty Thousand Feet: Vision 241

17 Getting Perspective at Fifty Thousand Feet: Purpose and Principles 249

18 Getting Perspective: Gracie's Gardens Revisited 261

19 Making It All Work-in the Real World 266

20 In closing . . .

Appendix i Incompletion Trigger List 288

Appendix ii Natural Planning Model 290

Appendix iii Project Planning Trigger List 291

Appendix iv Mastering Work Flow 293

Appendix v The Weekly Review 295

Appendix vi Workflow Processing and Organizing 296

Appendix vii Horizons of Focus 297

Index 299

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Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Victoria_Bean More than 1 year ago
David Allen is the best-selling author of Getting Things Done (GTD), a 2001 book whose sales continue to grow year after year, as new disciples adopt his productivity methods. GTD introduced a system for organizing your commitments systematically in order to make better decisions and get more done. Making It All Work is a follow up to GTD that is written to help you get more from his productivity system.

A big part of the book is aimed at helping you figure out where you are in life and what you need. He uses metaphors such as being the CEO of your own life to help you build the mindset that you can control the overwhelming flow of challenges flooding your Inbox.

The book illuminates what Allen calls the basics of self-management: namely how to get and how to develop both control and perspective on your daily commitments in order to master them.

While much of the content is included in his previous book, there are some new tools that show you how to achieve alignment and balance by changing your perspective on your own commitments and mastering the art of motivating yourself. These tools include:

* How to get immediate control of "current reality"
* How to keep track of the total inventory of your commitments
* What decisions are critical to make, about what, and when
* Why most "personal management systems" don't work
* Why organizational issues are often personal process issues
* How to use procrastination to your advantage
* How to continually self-consult to get back "on your game"
* How to install simple tricks that create profound results

Another book that I strongly recommend because it has had a huge impact upon my productivity is The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
David Allen¿s bestseller Getting Things Done (GTD) taught readers how to gain ¿focus, control and perspective.¿ Simply put, this theory taught that if you organize your catalog of commitments and review it systematically, that process will relieve you of the stress and burden of having a chaotic to-do list constantly tugging at your consciousness. This positive self-management approach frees you to tap into your highest capabilities and experience true fulfillment. While the GTD method has attracted an international following, this follow-up doesn¿t quite bring it to the next level. Although it is coherent, cohesive and accessible, it relies a good bit on repetition and rehashes a lot of the original work, particularly in the first two chapters, where Allen sells the system. However, for followers who can¿t get enough of GTD, and for those who don¿t know it yet and hope to get organized, getAbstract recommends Allen¿s latest read, particularly the chapters where he articulates the five stages of control and the ¿horizons of focus.¿
Jholder More than 1 year ago
Good information and helps you to think better. I also would recommend Dr. Steinberg's new book, Full Throttle.
shanglee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read Getting Things Done by David. It was life changing for me. This book is not. The only thing I find useful is the slightly expanded chapters on the different horizons, which is renamed perspective in this book. Reading GTD again may be more useful. This book is useful if you have trouble applying GTD to your life. It'll give you more examples how on to use them. But ultimately, the process and principles do not change. It's the actions you take that'll change your work, your life. :)
armchair on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read Getting Things Done and it appealed to the right brain in me. Making It All Work spoke to me on a more emotional level. I like that he approached the subject from a different angle. It helped me realize some of the different ways I could think about an approach the many things I'm trying to manage and accomplish with my life.
annkucera on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Making it All Work is David Allen's latest work. If you are only getting one book on organizing. Purchase this one. It is much less about the specific "how to" of organzing and more about the why. It enables you to construct your own customized system for making everything in your life work.
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JCPrice More than 1 year ago
Dr. Stephen Covey gave us the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. While the First Things First (habit 3) provided an organizational construct to manage our lives, David Allen has taken the concept into today's electronic real world. Where business is done by emails and text messages, and we never feel like we're caught up much less gaining any ground on the endless series of to-do's in our inbox. Allen provides a workable system that integrates with many of the organizational systems out there today and allows us to finally get control of our lives.