Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life

David Allen, Author . Viking $24.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-670-01995-3

A rehashing of old—if successful—ground from his 2001 book Getting Things Done , Allen revisits his simple yet comprehensive system of organizing every aspect of one's life for career, professional and personal development—even addressing how to plan a vacation, choose a babysitter or arrange eldercare for a parent. The author's inarguable premise is that a complete and current inventory of commitments organized and reviewed in a systematic way can sharpen focus and allow for wiser decision making. Allen cautions that the book does not provide answers to tricky life choices; its methods will aid in developing the self-assurance to trust one's own solutions. Readers are guided through the process of obtaining control and perspective, organizing tasks and goals to reach the “Getting Things Done” (GTD) “holy grail” of an empty in-basket and e-mail inbox. Although the book purports to expand on the principles of GTD, there's very little new material in this latest offering, which serves more as a sales tool for the first one than for a project all on its own. Those seeking organizational nirvana would do best to invest in the original and give this one a pass. (Dec.)

Reviewed on: 10/13/2008
Release date: 01/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
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