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The Moscow Method

In the Moscow Method, you list all your tasks, then categorise them as follows:

  • Must. These tasks are not negotiable and must be done today.
  • Should. These tasks are important but can wait for later.
  • Could. These tasks are not urgent and can be done when you don't feel very productive.
  • Won't. These tasks must be deleted from your to-do list.

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