TED: “The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.” A recommendation and response.

When I hear the words “productivity guru,” I picture a bald, fit, bespectacled man with a goatee and a flashy suit giving a jargon-heavy presentation to a group of executives (who are pretending to understand what he’s saying) on the subject of how to cram 100 hours of work into a mere 50-hour work week — and, more importantly, how to get their employees to do the same. His constant calendar-checking, emailing, and texting do nothing to interrupt his flow of sophisticated corp-speak.

I definitely do not picture a guy like David Allen speaking intelligibly about concepts I can understand and that get me excited about learning to get things done. The fact that my expectations were utterly confounded is the reason I recommend this video.

David Allen TED Talk

What I appreciate most about this talk–and the reason I think it’ll work for me or anyone else who applies it–is that he deals not in rules but in principles, which presuppose no conditions in your life and can be individually applied to any set of circumstances.

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