Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Review: David Allen's Getting Things Done

David Allen can't tell you the meaning of life.

But he can help you remember to pick up your suit at the dry-cleaners.

That's because David Allen's book, Getting Things Done, offers good advice on how to keep track of all the things you need to do -- advice that boils down to:
  1. Write down everything you need to do -- everything!
  2. Always ask yourself, "What's the next step I need to take?"
  3. And if you can do something in less than two-minutes, then do it now.
There's more, of course -- and Allen has lots of good, nuts-and-bolts ideas about everything from handling email to setting up a filing cabinet.

Unfortunately, some of it gets bogged down in his discussion of Great Truths He Learned From the Martial Arts . . . truths that left me saying, "Yeah, yeah, yeah -- 'mind like water' -- now can we get back to the importance of owning a good label-maker?"

In short, you won't find much in this book that you can use in a sermon.

But it can help free up the time you need to write one.

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