What could be more American than self-improvement? This book by a California consultant by the dull name of Dave Allen presents a trendy system for keeping your head clear while taking care of stuff. The principles are deceptively simple: keep lists for everything, do anything that takes less than 2 minutes right away, and instead of just writing down “to do” lists, take the few seconds it takes to decide on the “next action” for every item. What I’ve seen & applied so far seems very promising.

The web is full of Getting-Things-Done sites: there’s Dave Allen’s site and blog, the 43 Folders blog with a good intro, OfficeZealot, an overview of web resources, a summary, and an advanced workflow diagram.