25 thoughts on “The Art of Stress-Free Productivity: David Allen at TEDxClaremontColleges”

  1. *The Art of Stress Free Productivity*

    A 20 minute TEDx talk from David Allen, inventor of the “Getting Things
    Done” work processing methodology. Combine this with the “7 Habits” and you
    have some power training in how to navigate your personal and work life
    focused on your main priorities.


  2. Watch the video: http://goo.gl/P89dX

    Crisis evokes serenity. The luxury to stop for a minute is to be in the

    Not just productive, but stress-free productivity.

    Appropriate engagement: Getting things done is being appropriately engaged
    into it.

    The issue is not time.

    How long does it have to be creative? 0 time.

    But we need space to be creative. Psychologically space.

    Your toughest work is defining what your work is.

    “Do not keep anything in your head for the rest of your life.”

  3. Great TED talk: David Allen, the author of Getting Things Done, talks about
    stress free productivity.

    I’ve been aware for some time that I’m more relaxed and productive if I get
    the things I need to think about out of my head and out of my way. He
    explains this in 22 minutes.

  4. Absolutely brilliant! The talk by David Allen, on Getting Thing Done, it
    worth the 23 minutes to watch. Just make sure you have a pen and paper

  5. Are you appropriately engaged in your work (and life)? We all just have 24
    hours in a day… The Art of Stress-Free Productivity: David Allen at

  6. The problem is that he has a strong and effective idea, and has stretched
    it out to 22 minutes.
    Sure, he could have explained how to make a list of tasks, how much
    attention to give it, and how to release the items from your mind in about
    3 minutes, but would they have invited him to speak for that? Sadly, the
    answer is probably no.

  7. this guy is a professional charlatan. All this speech is all form over
    substance. All this long winded speech can be summarized as something like
    – stick to your priorities, sweep everything irrelevant aside, quality over
    quantity of time spent on something, etc 

  8. Thanks to Brian Kitching for introducing me to this guy’s very simple
    methods for gaining better focus. This video is a good quick reminder of
    the basics.

  9. The life that this guy advocates makes me cringe – I do not want to be a
    robot constantly making a list about every list I make, and allocating time
    to everything – Why can’t we just live in accordance with nature? I would
    rather live a life like Diogenes, carefree, simply going with the flow,
    that is what it means to live in accordance with nature. 

  10. “The art of stress-free productivity.” Check out David Allen’s TED talk,
    and learn how to become more productive and less stressed at the same time.


  11. Unhealthy stress is not only a killer, it can cause chronic long term
    health problems on a life long basis, but an understanding of it can help
    to reduce it to a safe level. For an understanding from a physics point of
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