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November 3, 2009

RSU to Present Review on David Allen's Productivity Books Nov. 12

Sarah Clark will review two books about productivity "Getting Things Done" and "Making it all Work," by David Allen on Thursday, November 12, at Rogers State University's Stratton Taylor Library.

Clark is RSU's access services and distance learning librarian. The review, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 2:30 p.m. in room 207 of the library. The event is part of the RSU Literary Review Series and refreshments will be served.

David Allen is widely recognized as the world's leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. He has spent more than 25 years coaching corporate managers and CEOs of some of America's most prestigious companies. Fast Company Magazine called Allen "one of the world's most influential thinkers" in the arena of personal productivity.

Clark said that she is not a naturally organized person, but reading and applying the lessons of "Getting Things Done" and "Making it all Work" has helped her tremendously in her life and career.

"In early 2005, I was a full-time student, worked weekends as an intern digitizing a collection of Tulsa photographs, and had just started working at RSU. Like many students and faculty, I had a lot of balls in the air, and reading Getting Things Done and the many blogs and websites dedicated to his system helped me get a grip on my chaotic life," Clark said.

In her talk she plans to not only provide an introduction to Allen's work, exploring its strengths and weaknesses, but also give some examples of how she implemented his system at work and in her personal life.

"Getting Things Done" is a book that shows how entrepreneurs and leaders can boost their efficiency through a simple but powerful system of making the right choices about which actions to take. Allen's popular Getting Things Done methodology has shown millions how to transform a fast-paced, overwhelming, overcommitted life into one that is balanced, integrated, relaxed, and has more successful outcomes.

"Making it all Work" provides additional techniques for gaining control of the day-to-day, tools for achieving alignment and balance by viewing your world from the appropriate horizon of your commitments and the master key to getting motivated to overcome resistance and move forward.

Clark received a bachelor's degree in letters and a master's degree in library and information studies both from the University of Oklahoma. More information is available by contacting the RSU Stratton Taylor Library at 343-7716.