By Fareeha Qay­oom


re you ready? Well, here it is. “Ready for Any­thing” by David Allen – Its avail­able at Read­ings for PKR 645. Is it worth it at that price? Depends.

If you are a sucker for How-to Books – you might like it and think it’s well worth it. But on the other hand, you might not find a lot of orig­i­nal stuff in it. No, I don’t mean it’s pla­gia­rized or any­thing like that – what I do mean is the ideas dis­cussed in it have been around for ages…I guess, every busy indi­vid­ual who has loads of stuff to do might have dis­cov­ered them through trial and error on their own at some point in their lives…

ready for anything cover

The gist? Make a list – get every­thing down on paper and out of your head. Appar­ently what causes stress and a feel­ing of being over­whelmed is a lot of ideas/projects/wish lists are jug­gling in the back of your brains scream­ing for atten­tion – if you just orga­nize your thoughts, put them down on paper, fig­ure out the impor­tance, urgency and some-day wish-lists to your giant bucket list of things to do to the most vital and urgent stuff that needs to get done now does the stress get reduced and you can really con­cen­trate on your think­ing and on things that really mat­ter to you…so the basic idea is to clear and de-clutter your brains. Give your thoughts struc­ture by mak­ing a list or a mind map or what­ever, do a weekly, monthly, or annual review with real­is­tic dead­lines set to accom­plish each item on your project list and learn to let go. You are all set and pro­duc­tive and stress-free.

What I liked about this book? – It was short. (Some books are so long and wind­ing that you lose inter­est in the mid­dle and stop read­ing and if you’re a com­pul­sive obses­sive type like me who don’t like to leave half fin­ished projects; you read them for the sake of fin­ish­ing them quickly but you’re bored and think why the heck are you wast­ing your time on this anyway?) – Luckily, this book reads like a series of blog posts about one cen­tral theme — the short 52 essays under each heading/principle seem to ram­ble though…only at the end of the book in part V – ‘Remind your­self of fun­da­men­tals’ does it gain struc­ture and reads like short bul­leted lists of ideas and tools to accom­plish your goals which is about a ten minute read. That’s the best part of the book.

Bot­tom line, it’s more about phi­los­o­phy of pro­duc­tiv­ity than a call to action. Does it make you more pro­duc­tive? Well, you might not learn any­thing new but all the ideas dis­cussed here do actu­ally work.


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Book Review: David Allen’s ‘Ready for Any­thing’, 9.0 out of 10 based on 1 rat­ing