I am listening to the four hour work week now and loving it. I think it came at the right time. You see, I read getting things done and got really good about being efficient and processing my stuff. Problem was, since the system is bottom up, I got too good at letting other people set my priorities, schedule me for stuff and in one way or another let me push autopilot on my life. Granted, I was really good about following up. However, David Allen doesn’t effectively give you the same kind of horsepower that he does in bottom up organizing for saying no to things.
Tim Ferris takes over from there and teaches how to be ruthless about organizing priorities, from simple time triage practices like checking email at noon and 5pm every day (so you do your important stuff) first. Granted, he is cranky and antisocial and not the example of what I want to do with my life. However, that kind of works because to be good at saying no to things you need to have a bit of the two year old and get in the habit of saying no.
Tim points out this his post, appropriately named “Guru-itis” in which order to read the following books:
I think I did that backwards. Nevertheless, the lessons in each balance the other. 7 habits tells you change is possible, then gives you tools to learn to change. GTD tells you how to deal with all the stuff that you’re ignoring, to give you powerful habits to handle the bottom up part. 4HWW reminds you how to say no.