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BEST David Allen Books & Quotes of All Time

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by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

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Who Is David Allen?

David Allen (born December 28, 1945) is an American productivity consultant best known for the creation of a time management method called "Getting Things Done". He claims to have had 35 professions before age 35 but began applying his perspective on productivity with businesses in the 1980s when he was awarded a contract to design a program for executives and managers at Lockheed.

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The Best David Allen Books of All Time

Why these best David Allen books and not others? To stay objective, I rank all my book recommendations by a combination of what’s most loved (Goodreads rating), what’s most popular (Goodreads review count) and what’s proven timlessly relevant (first publication date).

This isn’t a whimsical list. It’s a data-driven, crowdsourced collection of the best David Allen books ever published as decided by book lovers like you.

And if you think something's missing? I LOVE book recommendations so if there are any other books by David Allen that you think deserve mentioning, email me and I’ll be sure to include them in the next round of updates.

Until then, here are the best David Allen books of all time...

Best David Allen Books: Getting Things Done
1. Getting Things Done - David Allen (FREE Summary)
The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Getting Things Done is THE classic life-changing manual on getting organised and building a robust productivity system that can handle whatever life throws at you - by productivity guru, David Allen.
Published 2002 // 267 pages // Rated 4.0 over 145,400 reviews on Goodreads
Best David Allen Books: Getting Things Done for Teens
2. Getting Things Done for Teens - David Allen
Take Control of Your Life in a Distracting World
Published 2018 // 288 pages // Rated 4.1 over 300 reviews on Goodreads
Best David Allen Books: Making It All Work
3. Making It All Work - David Allen
Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life
Published 2003 // 286 pages // Rated 3.9 over 3,000 reviews on Goodreads
Best David Allen Books: Ready for Anything
4. Ready for Anything - David Allen
52 Productivity Principles for Getting Things Done
Published 2003 // 165 pages // Rated 3.8 over 4,600 reviews on Goodreads

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Arthur Worsley
I founded TAoL to discover and share the best wisdom on how to live long and prosper. Before that I studied Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology at Oxford and consulted at McKinsey. Still curious? Learn more or take my FREE productivity quiz.

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