Getting Things Done by David Allen presents a process for “stress-free productivity” that works very well. We can attest to its usefulness because we both use it in our personal and professional lives.

This book goes into detail about how people function and why many time management tools don’t work over the long run. Instead, it describes way to utilize your “natural planning model” and a specific way of filing your actions and ideas so that you have them off your mind and are able to relax.

This system does require some time in set-up, and it does take some getting used to, but we highly recommend it. We first implemented it in our company a couple of years ago. At first we faltered with the implementation of the everyday management, but once we got the hang of it, we really began to see a big difference in not only our productivity, but also a reduction in our stress level.

The ideas in Getting Things Done are popular, and if after reading you are interested in implementing, there are many resources online to help you get started. Check out YouTube for videos that are a great help in implementing the methods. Also, the blog The Simple Dollar ran a great series about Getting Things Done.

This book is definitely worth reading. Its process can be used by anyone, no matter what you do.