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…
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.