Master your life

David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. His thirty-year pioneering research and coaching to corporate managers and CEOs of some of America’s most prestigious corporations and institutions has earned him Forbes’ recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the U.S and Business 2.0 magazine's inclusion in their 2006 list of the "50 Who Matter Now."


David is the international best-selling author of Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free

Productivity; Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life; and Making It All

Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life.


He is the engineer of GTD®, the popular Getting Things Done® methodology that has shown millions how to transform a fast-paced, overwhelming, overcommitted life into one that is balanced, integrated, relaxed, and has more successful outcomes. GTD’s broad appeal is based on the fact that it is applicable from the boardroom to the living room to the class room. It is hailed as “life changing” by students, busy parents, entrepreneurs and corporate executives.

David is the Founder and Chairman of the David Allen Company, whose inspirational seminars, coaching, educational materials and practical products present individuals and organizations with a new model for “Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life.” He continues to write articles and essays that address today’s ever-changing issues about living and working in a fast-paced world while sustaining balance, control, and meaningful focus.


Right Selection is bringing David to Dubai for a one day workshop where he will be sharing his outstanding programs and knowledge on time and stress management. He will also talk about his groundbreaking methodologies in management and executive peak performance.

This event will allow participants to learn the fundamental thinking process behind making clear decisions, and the five steps of workflow mastery.

Capital Business caught up with David to bring you a glimpse of the topics he will be tackling at the event.

Where do you think business people struggle the most in their lives?

Defining what their “work” really is. The late Peter Ferdinand Drucker, an Austrian-born American management guru, said that the hardest job for a “knowledge worker” is determining that. In practical terms, that means professionals who have to think to determine the outcomes they are committed to, and the next actions they need to take, have that constant challenge.

What is mainly affecting them?

The frequency of new, potentially meaningful input, is the biggest cause of distraction, lack of clarity, and sense of overwhelm. Any email, text, or phone call might have within it something that demands rethinking and recalibrating priorities and focus. Most professionals are getting more of that in a week than their parents got in a year!

What is the recipe for a balanced life?

Consistently clarifying and monitoring one’s commitments and renegotiating them moment to moment, to stay present with whatever one is doing.

How did you learn to get things done?

Trial and error. Lots of them.

As the author of “Getting things done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity”, please tell us how a stress-free productivity can be achievable?

Implement the five steps for achieving control and focus—capture, clarify, organize, reflect, and engage with whatever has your attention.

Which steps should be taken in order to enhance business productivity?

-          Capture – Identify those things that have your attention, about which you need to decide or do something.

-          Clarify – Determine exactly what those things mean to you, and what you are going to specifically do about them, if anything.

-          Organize – Sort reminders of the outcomes and actions you are committed to into appropriate categories.

-          Reflect – Review and reassess consistently the total inventory of your commitments about life and work.

-          Engage – Allocate your resources, attention, and actions based on trusted intuitive choices.

Prioritization is the key to success. How can one overcome procrastination and learn to prioritize?

Get the contents of your life and work out of your head in viewable external forms. Moreover, stop attempting to use your mind to provide all the reminders and perspectives that you need to consider.

According to you, what are the best practices for work and time management?

All of the above.


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