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Adventures in Minimalism: Do One Thing

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Adventures in Minimalism: Do One Thing
On my day off: Wake up. Take a vow of silence before coffee. Break the vow of silence after coffee. Do all of my social media. Look at the list of things I want to accomplish. Do none, one, or two of…

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Productivity Or Procrastination

Productivity Or Procrastination

We try to make a list of stuff we have to do in the morning only to feel pressurized or paralyzed.

The to-do list isn’t our enemy, but we become ambitious and put a lot more than possible in it. Big goals can be daunting and counterproductive.

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Do Just One Thing

Doing just one thing in a day alleviates the pressure that comes with trying to accomplish too much, which makes us procrastinate the whole day, doing nothing at all. One feels a sense of accomplishment and success. The one thing needn’t be too broad or too narrow, but can be stuff like:

  • Clean the room.
  • Declutter the cabinet.
  • Wash the car.
  • Give away useless stuff.

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Step Away from the Spreadsheet

Shut off your brain and stop working. The tasks will still be there tomorrow—plus some more, because work can, and should, wait.

Look Back, Look Ahead

Review what you accomplished today, then make a to-do list for tomorrow. 

Don’t make these lists too close to bedtime.

Cool It

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal temperature for shut-eye is around 65 degrees. 

The cooler you are, the sleepier you become, so turn down the thermostat.

To-Do Lists

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The two modes

At any point during the workday, you are in one of these modes:
  • When a project or task comes up, the steps you need to take start to form in your mind. Now you're in thinking/Boss mode. 
  • Your to-do list is a collection of those orders, which your Assistant personality will later pick up and do.
Write down the instructions in such a way that your Assistant self can just do them without having to think - or stress. 

Put Items That You're Definitely Doing

Instead of letting tasks you're not quite committed to loiter on your to-do list until you're sick of looking at them, move them off to a separate list, a holding area for Someday/Maybe items. 

Only concrete actions you're committed to completing should live on your to-do list.