Being on the road for the past several weeks, I appreciate the value of a good book to refocus my efforts and energies. Planning comes in two varieties: top-down explained in Steven Covey's book First Things First and bottom-up illustrated by David Allen's book Getting Things Done. While everyone would like to start at the top and work our way down, many times the messes in our life are suffocating us. It is in times like these that we must first put in place the tools necessary to clear the decks of our current projects. This is Allen's great secret, getting through the mess to give us the freedom to look ahead. Read Getting Things Done today.