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born December 28, 1945, author of "Getting Things Done"

It is possible to be effectively doing while you are delightfully being, in your ordinary
workaday world.
David Allen

The only people who have to be right are the ones who aren't really sure they are.
David Allen

Being organized simply means that where something is matches what it means to you. No
more, no less.
David Allen

The hardest thing about being productive is not the work, but the split second it takes to
decide to take control.
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In training and coaching thousands of professionals, I have found that lack of time is not the
major issue for them (though they themselves may think it is); the real problem is a lack of
clarity and definition about what a project really is, and what the associated next-action
steps required are.
David Allen

People love to win. If you're not totally clear about the purpose of what you're doing, you
have no chance of winning.
David Allen

Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from
not finishing what they've started.
David Allen

A functional work space is critical. If you don't already have a dedicated work space and
in-basket, get them now. That goes for students, homemakers, and retirees, too. Everyone
must have a physical locus of control from which to deal with everything else.
David Allen

If you think getting an empty mind is not worth doing, then throw away your calendar.
Halfway is unjustifiable.
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Chaos corralled fuels creativity.
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Once you know what you want to have happen, and why, the "how" mechanism is brought
into play.
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Small things, done consistently, in strategic places, create major impact. What are our top
"small things" right now?
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Engaging in complexity is a key to simplicity. Fear of it will haunt your inner recesses.
David Allen

Most people feel best about their work the week before their vacation, but it's not because
of the vacation itself. What do you do the last week before you leave on a big trip? You
clean up, close up, clarify, and renegotiate all your agreements with yourself and others. I
just suggest that you do this weekly instead of yearly.
David Allen

If you don't pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it'll take more of your
attention than it deserves.
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Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.
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Secret to instant stress-free productivity: be of total service, in the moment, to anyone or
anything.
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The balance you have between drive and patience may be your master key to success.
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When you know what you're doing, efficiency and style are your only improvement
opportunities.
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A paradox has emerged in this new millenium: people have enhanced quality of life, but at the
same time they are adding to their stress levels by taking on more than they have resources
to handle. It's as though their eyes were bigger than their stomachs. And most people are to
some degree frustrated and perplexed about how to improve the situation.
David Allen

The purpose of a purpose? Tunes you to meaningful things you wouldn't be aware of,
otherwise.
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If you're not totally sure what your job is, it will always feel overwhelming.
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You increase your productivity and creativity exponentially when you think about the right
things at the right time and have the tools to capture your value-added thinking.
David Allen

The purpose of this whole method of workflow management is not to let your brain become
lax, but rather to enable it to move toward more elegant and productive activity.
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The goal is to get projects and situations off your mind, but not to lose any potentially useful
ideas.
David Allen

The clearer you are about all your tasks, the freer you are to multi-task.
David Allen

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