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Ready For Anything

Reviewing: Penguin Books Ready For Anything  |  Rating:
By chefmom on
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As a totally converted Getting Things Done fan, I was thrilled to get a copy of Ready For Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life. And I wasn't disappointed. David Allen, the "personal productivity guru, " will make you think and fire you up with inspiration as you read through the 52 short chapters. Ready for Anything doesn't give you the complete and practical system for getting things done in your life and it's not supposed to. That's what the first book is for. Instead, Ready for Anything focuses on WHY we need to find a system for truly getting the have-to's of life done in a non-strressful and efficient way. Indeed Allen states on his first page: "To really get what we want most effectively, we have to be ready for anything. And there are things we can all do, anytime, that make it easier to take things in stride and stay the course.

As an added bonus, Allen ends each chapter with a few questions to stimulate your thinking. from "what would you like to stop thinking about" to "where could you use more looseness" and "where could you use more structure" to "what discipline do you need to install to free yourself for high-level thinking?" Some of his questions are pure common sense and a few are fun. Most will cause you to expend some effort really thinking how about you manage your time.

Probably the best part of this book is that is divided into 52 short essays. They can be read quickly and then mused on as time permits. The reader could easily work on one each week. For me, I read the entire book at one sitting. Then I complied all the quetions at the end of the chapters into one document. I am slowly working my way through them.

Read his first book and start implementing the methodology into both your personal and work life. Then get a copy of Ready For Anything. With the two of them, you can start looking at your life and how you manage it in eye-opening new ways.