David Allen is a productivity consultant who is best known as the creator of the time management method known as "Getting Things Done" .
He grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. He claims to have had 35 professions before age 35, which have included jobs as a magician, waiter, karate teacher, landscaper, vitamin distributor, glass-blowing lathe operator, travel agent, gas station manager, U-Haul dealer, moped salesman, restaurant cook, personal growth trainer, manager of a lawn service company, and manager of a travel agency. He is an ordained minister with the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness. He began applying his perspective on productivity with businesses in the 1980s when he was awarded a contract to design a program for executives and managers at Lockheed.
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 wife, Kathryn,whom he describes as his "extraordinary partner in work and life" in the dedication of 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 is a global training and consulting company, widely considered the leading authority in the fields of organizational and personal productivity. The company provides services around the world to large enterprises, government agencies, non-profits, entrepreneurs, educators, and students. The company’s deliverables are available in both the corporate and private sector and are designed to increase performance, capacity, and aligned execution.