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Eliminate All But the Absolute Essential Tasks : zen habits
Recently I posted my new twist on the excellent GTD system, Zen To Done (ZTD): The Ultimate Simple Productivity System. This is the eighth in a series of posts exploring each of the 10 Habits. If you're like me, you have a long list of tasks to do, perhaps broken down by different contexts (work, home, errands, calls, etc.).

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Eliminate

See if you can cut your tasks and projects lists in half. Then try to cut them even further a few days later.

See which tasks aren't necessary anymore and find the ones that can be del...

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Know what’s essential

You really should focus on one goal at a time, but if you want to do 2 or 3, that’s OK too.

Any smaller tasks are essential if they help you accomplish those goals, and not essential if th...

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Simplify your commitments

You can't do it all. Only stick to those commitments in your life that really give you joy and value.

For the rest, you need to learn to say no, and value your time. 

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Big Rocks

Figure out the most important tasks that you’d like to accomplish over the week. Those are your Big Rocks. 

Put them in your schedule, first thing in the day, on different days of...

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The Biggest value

Some tasks really pay off in the long term, and others just keep you busy and in the long run, don’t matter at all.

Focus on those big tasks, that will make a name for you, that will gener...

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Batch small tasks

Write those down on another small list of small tasks, for later.

Set a time (30 minutes or so) to batch process these tasks sometime later in the day (perhaps 4 p.m.). Do your most im...

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SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:

Leonardo da Vinci

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

Leonardo da Vinci

The 4 laws of simplicity

... you can use on any area of your life, and in fact on your life as a whole:

  • Collect everything in one place.
  • Choose the essential, the things most important to you.
  • Eliminate the rest. Don't get sentimental.
  • Organize the remaining stuff neatly and nicely.

Confucius

Confucius

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."

Zen to Done (ZTD)

It's a productivity system that teaches how to take a simple approach to improving your productivity, by encouraging you to focus on forming one productivity-boosting habit at a time. 

The Minimalist Habits of Zen to Done

  • Collect: Get ideas and to-dos out of your brain and onto a list.
  • Process: Review your list daily and decide how to act on each item.
  • Plan: Pick a few high priority items to accomplish each week and every day.
  • Do: Schedule time to accomplish your selected to-dos without interruptions.

The Collect Habit

To clear your mind and improve focus, get your ideas and to-dos out of your mind and onto a list. 

Documenting to-dos in the moment lessens the likelihood that you'll forget to do something and gives you a master list of to-dos to reference when you're trying to decide where to direct your time.

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GTD (Getting Things Done)

GTD is a productivity method for organizing your to-dos, priorities, and schedule in a way that makes them all manageable.

Its 5 principles are:

  • Capture
  • Clarify
  • Org...

"GTD is an organizational system. It doesn't put rules around how you actually do your work. Instead, it focuses on how you capture the work you need to do, organize it, and choose what needs your attention"

"GTD is an organizational system. It doesn't put rules around how you actually do your work. Instead, it focuses on how you capture the work you need to do, organize it, and choose what needs your attention"

GTD: Capture

Capture everything. Your to-dos, your ideas, your recurring tasks, everything. Put it in a pen-and-paper notebook, a to-do app, a planner, whatever you prefer to use to get organized.

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