David Allen is a productivity consultant who is best known as the creator of the time management method known as “Getting Things Done”.
He is the founder of the David Allen Company, which is focused on productivity, action management and executive coaching. His “Getting Things Done” method is part of his coaching efforts. He was also one of the founders of Actioneer, Inc., a company specializing in productivity tools for the Palm Pilot.
David Allen Company presenters, not Allen, regularly gives one-day public seminars on Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology, which cost approximately $595. Allen himself gives public seminars only occasionally, which cost approximately $995. In 2007, such a seminar from Allen himself went for $595 per person or $20,000 per corporate training session.
Allen has written three books, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, which describes his productivity program, Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life, a collection of newsletter articles he has written, and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life, a follow-up to his first book. He lives in Ojai, California with his fourth wife, Kathryn, whom he describes as his “extraordinary partner in work and life” in the dedication of Getting Things Done.