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Episode Info: David Allen is the author of Getting Things Done the book that many refer to as the productivity bible. David has 35 years experience as a management consultant and executive coach, but he is best known as the personal productivity guru behind the Getting Things Done Method. He is also known as the GTD Guy. David believes in having a relaxed balance of perspective and control, by getting things off of your mind, so you are free of stress and can achieve a “mind like water”.  The GTD work-life balance system has helped countless individuals and organizations bring order to chaos. David is considered the leading authority in organization and personal productivity. Today, we discuss the GTD approach to book writing and the power of getting things done.   You can find David here: Getting Things Done @gtdguy on Twitter Books by David Allen Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity David Allen on LinkedIn David Allen on Instagram David Allen on Facebook Ready for Anything Making It All Work   Show Notes [01:10] It took David 25 years to figure out that what he had figured out was unique. [02:09] David decided to write the manual on what he had figured out. [02:33] He spent a day with an advisory group. To talk about writing a book or manual. [03:31] In 1997, he decided to get his life out of his head and write Getting Things Done. [04:02] He had no idea the movement that his book would spark. [04:48] He had high anticipation, but no expectation. There was still a lot of time management and organization information already out there. [06:12] Making his vision available for the rest of the world. [06:38] First, David did research about how to write a book. How writing the business plan for the book was agonizing and productive. [08:56] How a publisher suggested that a broad book would offer more value. He also suggested that David get an agent. He still has the same agent today. [10:08] David had been capturing ideas with mind mapping software. Then he wrote a business plan. Then a crude outline of the book and content which included his earlier notes organized. [12:12] It took a year to make it a real project. The next year was writing the first draft that didn't work. [12:58] David discovered that books and seminars are different. He also wrote reviews for his book first and raised the bar too high for what he needed to create. [13:55] He threw away his first draft and started again. He wanted people to see the methodology sooner. Then he wrote the book in three parts: methodology, implementation, how cool the outcome could be. This took another year. [15:06] The fourth year was spent creating the title, book cover, etc. [15:55] One of the most impactful things David did was let a line editor clean up his work. He rewrote his book with their edits to learn to think about simplifying what he was saying. [17:15] Editing was the art. This changed his writing from then on. He now tries to simplify and say things in the shortest way....
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