Ready for Anything is written by David Allen, a well-known productivity guru, who has been called as one of the world’s most influential thinkers on productivity and has been a keynote speaker and facilitator for organizations such as General Mills, The Ford Foundation, Merck, The World Bank and New York Life. His works has been featured in Fortune, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and many other publications. He has more than two decades experience as a management consultant, executive coach and educator.
Maximum productivity is making something happen with as little effort as possible. – David Allen
Ever since childhood I was extremely proactive, dreamer and goal-setter. I always strive for excellence, doing my best in anything that I do, and I always think ahead, I plan and create projects that I look forward to accomplish. I enjoy studying and learning different things. That’s why in school, I was always one of the top student, and during school breaks, instead of lying in bed all day watching TV, what I do is attending different classes. Such as swimming lesson, voice lesson, guitar lesson, stage play lesson and other lessons I can learn. My driven attitude has helped me accomplish a lot of things at an early age. One of those accomplishments is graduating from college two years in advance. At the age of 19, I’ve had my degree in Accountancy and even passed the board exam. Visualizing and creating this personal development and motivational website, Lifetofullest.com, was also one of the goals I’m really gratified to accomplish. For through my words, I am able to connect and inspire thousands of people all over the world to live the life that they want. And that includes how to achieve it.
Part of my early accomplishments I regards to all the books I’ve read that taught me so much ideas and wisdoms that guided me towards achieving my goals in life. Some of those books I’ve mentioned in my recommended page. And just recently, I’ve finished reading a book on productivity entitled “Ready for Anything” written by David Allen.
Ready for Anything has given me more new insights and inspiration on how to make things happen with less effort, stress, ineffectiveness, and lots of more energy, creativity and clarity. It showed me how to master the game of work and business of life through the fifty two (52) productivity principles for getting things done.
Before reading the book, I was already good in setting goals and creating projects or to do list. However, I was having a hard time implementing them with less effort and stress. Because of the many projects and goals I want to accomplish, sometimes I couldn’t help not to be overwhelmed with too much stuff on my desks. Often, it creates stress, fatigue and less time to have fun or relax. Thus, reading and mastering the principles in this book, ready for anything, has helped me unclutter my desks and meet my targets more efficiently with less effort and more spare time.
The book was made so easy to read and understand. Each chapter is like reading one blog articles, detailing each fifty-two principles on productivity. Also, at the end of each chapter, you can evaluate and do self-analysis on how you are currently doing, into how you can do better. Furthermore, the 52 productivity principles were divided into four (4) parts:
- Clear Your Head for Productivity
- Focus Your Attention
- Create Structures that Work
- Take Action to get things moving
Dividing the principles into four parts is in connection to the 5 Phases of Workflow Mastery that David Allen has organized: collect, process, organize, review, and do.
If you want to know more and achieve productivity master, that’s creating more results to your life; I recommend you do take time to read this wonderful productivity book, “Ready for Anything” by David Allen. I’m pretty sure, after you’ve learned the principles and apply them in your day to day activity, surely, you will be able to achieve a more productive and fruitful life.
For a final note, here’s something to think about:
“An idealist believes that short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run. ~ Sydney J. Harris”
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