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Auditing your tasks

Auditing your tasks

Go through the list of tasks and ask yourself:

  • Are these tasks collaborative or solo? The answer will impact how much freedom you have when building your productivity system.
  • Differentiate between short and long-term goals as some productivity methods are better suited to one type of goal.
  • Consider if the tasks are structured or unstructured. It will influence which type of system to use.

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Leo Babauta created ZTD. It focuses on one habit at a time but with more structure and simplicity.

  • It's sustainable. How do you feel after a day using the system? The system should help you, not burden you.
  • It works for short-term and long-term goals. Your productivity system is a toolbox that should contain tools that work for both timelines.

Many people try to find the perfect productivity system, hoping that it will help them better manage their work and mental health. However, there is no universal productivity system. For example, a remote worker may need a different approach to someone commuting to work.

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This method is useful for people who get easily distracted.

Time blocking helps to set aside chunks of time for specific goals. It can be used with other productivity systems.

Projects can be managed with a Kanban board. Make three columns, To Do, Doing, and Done. Then split your tasks between them.

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