Ready for Anything

I decided to keep on the David Allen kick and jumped into another of his books titled Ready for Anything. This book is much different that Getting Things Done. This one is essentially just a collection of thoughts Allen has published over the years, organized into different categories.

Though I simply read it all the way through, I am not sure that is necessarily the best way to read or use this book. I would more recommend it as a way to get you started on a particular topic, or as a reference to remind you of an idea. There are a ton of great quotes that can keep you thinking and remind you of what is important

Favorite Idea

Since there are so many different themes in this book, nothing goes super deep, but I still really like the way Allen thinks about how your brain holds on to ideas. In this book he talks about ideas in terms of agreements.

The only way to relieve stress is to cancel agreements, keep agreements or renegotiate agreements.

As someone who is almost always stressed because I have over promised to people, this one is important to me.

Favorite Quotes

There are a lot in this one but here are a few:

A vision without a task is but a dream, a task without a vision is drudgery; a vision and a task is the hope of the world.

Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them. – Alfred North Whitehead

We fought so hard against the small things that we became small ourselves. – Eugene O’Niel

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