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    When you read books by Stephen R. Covey you see a lot of notes of material and books from authors where he bases his ideas on. There are not that many notes in the books of David Allen

    Does anyone know any books or sources (Except a black belt in Karate) where David Allen has based his GTD methodology on or authors that he recommend?

    I am specially interested in the natural planning model and projectmanagement methodology.


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    He refers to Peter Drucker's work frequently in the FAST CD's.


    • #3
      re: influential books

      Hi Robert. I don't have the URLs handy, but a previous search of these forums I did a while ago came up with the authors/titles listed below. You may try searching for "Mackenzie", which gets threads like:

      Other Good Time Management Books?

      Best time/self management book (other than Dave's) you read

      Interlocking GTD, MacKenzie, Tracy etc.

      Any other authors out there like David Allen?

      Please pass along any others you find - I'm in absorb mode!


      Covey: best guidance on how to navigate 50,000 foot level
      GTD: helps track all commitments you bring back from 50,000 foot level
      Mackenzie: makes damn sure you DO stuff
      Anthony Robbins: provide rocket to get you to 50,000 foot level

      1. Getting Things Done
      2. What They Don't Teach You At Harvard Business School by late Mark McCormack
      3. The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
      4. First Things First by Stephen Covey, et al.

      Covey: First Things First
      Winton: The Organized Executive
      ??: The On-Purpose Person
      Peter Drucker: The Effective Executive
      Dr. Charles Hobbs: Time Power (paper planners)
      Kerry Gleeson: PEP (Personal Efficiency Program)
      Dan Kennedy: 'No BS Time Management'
      Don Aslett: How to have a 48 Hour Day

      The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey
      The Time Trap - Alec Mackenzie

      Lillian Gilbreth

      Stephanie Winston's "The Organized Executive"
      Mark McCormack in "Getting Results for Dummies"
      Dr. Charles Hobbs: Time Power (paper planners)
      The Time Trap - Alec Mackenzie

      "The Means and Manner of Obtaining Virtue" - Benjamin Franklin

      Take Control by Michael A. Janke

      Conquering Chaos at Work - Harriet Schechter
      Time of Your Life by Anthony Robbins (tape program)
      Covey First Things First
      Hyrum Smith

      "The War of Art" Break though the Blocks and Win your Inner Creative
      Battles by Steven Pressfield
      The Power of Full Engagement Managing Energy not Time is the Key to
      High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

      "Do Less, Achieve More" by Chin-Ning Chu

      "Get Everything Done and Still Have Time to Play" by Mark Forster

      "Managing multiple projects" by Irene and Michael Tobis

      o notes:

      an awful lot are not readily implemented and have no self-repair
      feature--they make people feel terrible--GTD has many self-repair
      features--that is, if it is not working you can put the failure
      into the system and work on it's cause or understanding it and
      fixing it.

      GTD is the best system because it is very flexible and allows for
      our human weaknesses like procastination, bad or no planning,
      plain laziness, lack of objectives, lack of interest in
      objectives, and also illnesses, accidents, and so forth.

      To decide what to work on next, you should pick the activity
      towards you feel the most resistance, as that will generally be
      the thing that really needs to be done. Moreover, once these are
      out of the way, the rest of your day is easier, and it generates a
      sense of achievement and satisfaction, while doing away with
      stress, whichy tends to build up as you give in to resistance.