TMBA486: The Re-Readables: Getting Things Done

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Dan and Ian are excited to start a new series on this week’s show.

One of our favorite podcasts to listen to lately is The Re-Watchables, a series presented by The Ringer, where the hosts look back on legendary films.

They discuss why these movies had such an impact, what parts have aged the best and worst, and other categories which they use to assess what has made these films stand the test of time.

We thought it would be fun to talk about some of our favorite books in a similar light. This week, we are looking back at the single most important book we read in our business.

Getting Things Done by David Allen represented a paradigm shift in the early 2000s, and it was the first book that was truly written for information and knowledge workers.

On today’s podcast, we are revisiting Getting Things Done, talking about why that book was so influential, and whether the ideas in that book are still as relevant today as they were when it was released.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • Some of the most important takeaways from Getting Things Done. (4:00)
  • How the book shaped the internet culture of the early 2000s. (17:15)
  • What we believe are the best ideas in the book. (19:02)
  • The ideas that we disagree with the most in the book. (26:21)
  • Which parts have aged the best and the worst. (31:45)

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