After reading David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done, last week, I decided to order the book from Amazon. I read too many self-improvement books. Lately, I’m getting tired of all the hacks that are re-hashing all the other people’s findings. It gets so tiring reading this crap hoping “if I can just take one thing away from this . . .”, but get nothing.
This book is different. I’ve read other time management books and I’ve made lists with priorities and had my boss come in with an urgent task that throws the whole list out of whack. This book focuses more on a “mind like water” approach (from karate). This all sounds very simple and Allen even admits the common sense to it all.
On the “common sense” note, I constantly hear people refer to the books that I read as “it’s all pretty much common sense”. However, the things the authors like Covey, Allen, Tom Peters, etc, cover are never applied by most people I know. Perhaps it goes back to the Mark Twain Quote–“Common Sense is not that common.”