I'm going to let a few blurbs describe this one.
"Ignore this book at your own peril." -Seth Godin
"If given a choice between investing in someone who has read Rework or has his MBA, I'm investing in Rework every time... a must-read." - Mark Cuban
"There's no jargon or filler here, just hundreds of simple rules for success." - Chris Anderson
From the back cover: ASAP is poison. Underdo the competition. Meetings are toxic. Fire the workaholics. Emulate drug dealers. Pick a fight. Planning is guessing. Inspiration is perishable.
The one that started it all for me, as it did for many others. Originally published in 2009, Tim was ahead of the curve on quite a few things. Some of the links and resources are surely outdated with even the second edition being 12 years old, but the concepts are as relevant as ever - similar to GTD.
I plan on rereading it.
This book was renamed to Everything In Its Place, but I prefer the old name and book design. The name is great, the design is nice and simple, I find it a shame they changed it.
To "work clean" is a concept employed by chefs (one of the objectively most stressful jobs) to handle the chaos of a kitchen and pump out quality items every time.
Similar to advice originating from the military, if it works in the highest stress (and possibly life or death) situations then it will surely work for you no matter how hectic you think your life is.
I love the approach he lays out in this book. Routines over goals, enjoy the feeling of success every day by just following a process.
This book is also just an aboslute quote factory. He explains things and argues his points with such simple but powerful statements. After the fact it all seems so obvious while at the same time thinking they belong on a poster.
I originally listened to the audio version of this book but I will be getting the hard copy so I can study it more.
Overwhelm is a big problem for me. A lot of great stuff in here as well as an overall system to pull everything together.
I couldn't agree more about his concept of "open loops" and how your mind can't focus when you have a bunch of outstanding things. I developped the habit of writing things down to get them off my mind before this book but the big thing I was missing was a system to fit that practice into. GTD is that system. Still working on implementing it for myself, though.
I highly recommend you also check out Tiago Forte's work about building a second brain. His approach is rooted in GTD but more oriented towards the current day with all the many apps and software available.