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3.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 5 3.54 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Allen Narrator: David Allen Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2003 ISBN: 9780743547833
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Discover David Allen’s powerful productivity principles and vastly increase your ability to work better, not harder, every day.

The “guru of personal productivity”—Fast Company—asks listeners what’s holding them back and shows how all of us can be “ready for anything”—with a clear mind, a clear deck, and clear intentions.

Ready for Anything offers you ways to immediately:

• Clear your head for creativity
• Focus your attention
• Create structures that work
• Take action to get things moving

Allen’s simple yet powerful principles help us master the mental game of productivity—what he calls “managing your mind, not your time.” In motivational, bite-size lessons, we learn how to bring the calm focus of the martial artist to the onslaught of choices, decisions, and new circumstances we are faced with daily. Each principle—from “speed up by slowing down” to “the value of a future goal is the present change it fosters”—encourages us to think in fresh ways and to take action in order to achieve more relaxed control, ease, and fun in all our activities.

With wit, inspiration, and know-how, Ready for Anything shows us how to make things happen with less effort, stress, and ineffectiveness, and lots more energy, creativity, and clarity. This is the perfect audiobook for anyone wanting to work and live at their very best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What a stimulating dose of uncommon sense! These powerful and practical pointers for living a more productive life are as subtle and rich as they are simple. David Allen is a master at marrying the sensible with the sublime.” 

    Arianna Huffington, New York Times bestselling author

  • “David Allen’s productivity principles are brilliantly sublime yet eminently practical. He has taught me how to improve my personal productivity while reducing the level of stress in my professional and personal life.”  

    Sanjiv Mirchandani, executive vice president, Fidelity Investments 

  • “I am continually impressed with the significant contributions that David Allen brings to organizations. You may feel you don’t have time to read this book, but once you do you’ll have fifty-two principles to help focus your life. You need to read this book.”  

    Philip J. Harkins, CEO, Linkage, Inc. 

  • “We’ve been applying David Allen’s method in Getting Things Done throughout our company, and employees have been thanking me for bringing his seminars and coaching to our workplace. Now, Ready For Anything is a great companion book or it can stand alone as a quick read that is motivating and mind clearing. It’s entertaining yet enlightening. I highly recommend David Allen’s work.” 

    Robert Stiller, president, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 

  • “No one makes the challenges of productivity more understandable and manageable.” 

    Rob Johnston, president, Leader to Leader Institute

  • “David’s unique mix of wisdom, smarts, experience, and tools gives you everything you might need to get your life back—no one should make it back to work next Monday morning without having devoured this brilliant book.” 

    Ben Cannon, partner, Heidrick & Struggles; former head of Learning and Professional Development, Goldman Sachs

  • “In the pages of Ready for Anything, you come to realize that managing your time has little to do with lists, regimen, or rigid systems. Rather, it’s about learning how to aspire to great things and to tap into that purpose with as much energy and focus as a given moment allows. This fundamentally different look at productivity make David’s book not just a good read, but also something you can truly live by.” 

    Keith Yamashita, principal, Stone Yamashita Partners

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andria | 5/28/2011

    " Quick read, lots of great tips and reminders about helpful GTD principles. Probably more useful after reading Getting Things Done, but even if you haven't, I think checking out the appendix section at the back of this book would provide enough context to get a lot out of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 12/27/2010

    " Lord, I do love this man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 12/20/2010

    " You really need to have read Getting Things Done before reading this to get the most out of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justus | 9/16/2010

    " Interesting collection of essays. Well worth reading with or without reading his main "Getting things done" book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bree | 6/9/2010

    " A bit repetitive if you've already read GTD - this is more a synthesis of a lot of the newsletter essays into one volume.

    Useful perhaps as a daily or weekly reader, to keep GTD fresh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/18/2010

    " Better than I thought--- it's all there in Getting Things Done, but this is a more contemplative look. And I think it helped me understand the approach at a deeper, broader level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 5/9/2010

    " Not as good as his first book, Getting Things Done, but a good companion to it. Pretty much a series of blog-type short chapters printed in book form. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 3/19/2010

    " This is an excellent book that covers a wide range of topics under the GTD methodology. The chapters are only a couple pages each and there are 52, I read one a week. It helps remind me of various aspects of the GTD system. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 3/3/2010

    " Very Good; 52 follow-on tips and pointers that build off his previous book

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edwin | 2/27/2010

    " Not as informative as Getting Things Done, but a good summary of tips for increasing work productivity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mike | 1/19/2010

    " great and helpful for setting goals for the year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 11/27/2009

    " This book had a lot of good content, but it was dry at best. Read it for the content, but make sure you are some where you can be focused, because it will be easy to be distracted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy | 11/8/2009

    " It's an easy, quick read. Particularly if you already know that if you visualize you're a winner, you're a winer... visualize your'e a looser, your'e a looser. "

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About the Author
Author David Allen

David Allen is an internationally successful author, lecturer, and founder and chairman of the David Allen Company, a management consulting, coaching, and training company. His two books, Getting Things Done and Ready for Anything, were both bestsellers. He is a popular keynote speaker on the topics of personal and organizational effectiveness.