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David Allen is a productivity consultant and instructor. He is the creator of Getting Things Done (GTD), a time management method. He grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States, where he acted and won a state championship debate. He went to New College College, now known as New College of Florida, in Sarasota, Florida. His professional career includes jobs as a magician, waiter, karate instructor, personal development instructor and travel agency manager. He says he had 35 professions before he was 35. He began applying his productivity-to-business perspective in the 1980s when he won a contract to design a program for executives and managers at Lockheed Corporation. He is the founder of the David Allen Company, which is focused on productivity and executive training. The GTD method is part of your efforts as an instructor. He is also a founder of Actioneer, Inc., a company specializing in productivity tools for the Palm pilot. Allen wrote two books, The Art of Making Happen, 2001 (but the Brazilian edition is dated 2005), which outlines his productivity program and Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life, (2003) (not yet released in Brazil), a collection of newspaper articles written by him. He lives in Ojai, California with his wife, Kathryn.
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