Getting Things Done



CEO Bernard Sandoval of Sandia has developed a check-list for his employers based on some of the principles in Tim Ferriss’s book The 4-Hour Work Week.

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In the book Ferriss uses the acronym DEAL for the four main chapters. It stands for: Definition, Elimination, Automation, and Liberation.

  1. Definition means to figure out what a person wants, get over fears, see past society’s “expectations”, and figure out what it will really cost to get where a person wants to go.
  2. Elimination is about time management, or rather about not managing time. This is achieved applying the 80/20 rule to focus only on those tasks that contribute the majority of benefit. There’s a difference, Ferriss says, between efficiency and effectiveness. The book’s emphasis is on effectiveness.
  3. Automation is about building a sustainable, automatic source of income. This includes techniques such as drop-shipping, automation, Google Adwords and Adsense, and outsourcing.
  4. Liberation is dedicated to the successful automation of one’s lifestyle and the liberation from a geographical location and job. Incidentally, Ferriss notes that if somebody has a regular job, the order of steps will be DELA, not DEAL.

The book asserts that technology such as email, instant messaging, and Internet-enabled PDAs complicate life rather than simplify it.[4][5] It advocates hiring virtual assistants from developing countries such as India to free up personal time.

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David Allen is a productivity consultant. He is the creator of the Getting Things Done time management method. Allen has written two books, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, which describes his productivity program and Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life, a collection of newsletter articles he has written.

I’ve been researching the buzz around the web on David Allens’s new book, called “Making it All Work“, which will be released on December 30th 2008. Apparently the galley version of the book is completed and is being circulated to select media for their reading and review.

The book is being hailed as the sequel to the fantastic Getting Things Done and aims to start where Getting Things Done left off. Concentrating on winning at the game of work and the business of life.

From what I’ve been able to gather, “Making It All Work” seems like somewhat of a “prequel” to Getting Things Done and Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life sort of along the lines of understanding the guiding principles of what it means to self-manage and how you make the thought processes covered in Getting Things Done to work effectively in the context of corporate, social, and personal life.

Take all of what I said with appropriate measures of salt, though; I’m merely putting a hypothesis out there based on what I’ve been able to discern about the book.

David talked about the new book during his recent keynote at the Office 2.0 meetings. You can see the video here

Here is some blurb from the David Allen‘s website.

From the author of the bestseller Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity comes a new book that will change your life. Getting Things Done hit a nerve and spawned a movement with businesses, students, and techies all the way from Silicon Valley to Europe and Asia. Now, David Allen leads the world on a new path to achieve focus, control, and perspective. Throw out everything you know about productivity-“Making It All Work” will make life and work a game you can win.

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