regarding david allens audio on getting things done

a friend lent me I think 6 cd set of David Allen, I think he is reading every word from his book; it is very slow moving with meat every 15 minutes or so, then long stretches of dryness.

Someone here mentoned an abridged version?

Do you think that would be more of the moment and focused?

thank you in advance; i think d. allen's stuff is rather amazing for a person like me who has a hard time just keeping my shoes tied. lol

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I have the audio version,

I have the audio version, and I'm not sure it's the abridged or unabridged, but it certainly seems short to me - I was able to listen to it in a couple hours. (I downloaded it off the 'net so I have no documentation.) I have the actual book, and it seems longer to me, but I haven't had a chance to read the whole thing because my b/f stole it. :)

Honestly, I found the audio dry as well. Allen's writing is really geared more towards business professionals with a lot of new and different things coming at them daily. I think in general, most of us don't really have so much dynamic change in our day-to-day. To me it's dull because it's all geared towards executive business people, which I am not. My job is pretty routine, with little bursts of creative projects here and there. Honestly, I'm employing GTD more for things relating to my personal life: management of household chores/projects, personal goals, and just the boring daily stuff that I've been sweeping under the rug. My job doesn't really have much in terms of deadlines and I have no trouble meeting the ones I do have.

For people with more mundane tasks to handle daily, I think the writing comes off dull. I only got through the audio by listening while I worked on projects around the house. Likewise reading the text itself is a bit boring as well. I think the ideas are great, but the major gist is outlined beautifully on the hipster PDA template. I honestly find that a more useful reference than the book. The whole GTD framework can be easily summarized on one page. The rest of the book just delves into (at times) excruciating detail on how to carry it out. I think for most of us, that level of explanation isn't really necessary, it's there to make the publisher happy and make Allen some money.

The really breakthrough ideas for me were breaking projects into multiple "actionable" steps, rather than just writing some generalized do-to that actually encompassed so many things that I had no desire to start in on it at all. This isn't really rocket science, just common sense.