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Zen to Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System Paperback – March 30, 2011
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Getting Things Done is deceptively simple when it is merely described. You read it and think to yourself "I can do that!" But in reality, GTD demands the dedication of a monk to really make it work. Minutes to learn, a lifetime to master, so to speak.
Along comes Leo Babauta with "Zen To Done" which he freely and accurately describes as an adaptation of GTD - and it is a well-done adaptation.
"Zen To Done" (ZTD) offers a simplification of Allen's Gettiing Things Done. As Babauta describes it: "a set of 10 habits that will help you get organized, simplify your life, get things under control and actually get things done".
Conceptually ZTD appears simpler to implement than GTD with fewer nuances. Babauta distinguishes ZTD from GTD on a number of issues. He actually describes these details in an FAQ chapter at the end of the book which is quite helpful in comprehending ZTD.
With ZTD, you don't have to change a lot of habits at once, which GTD requires. ZTD also is more oriented to simplicity; it is not as all-encompassing as GTD. ZTD day imposes more of a structure on your day than GTD, which is actually helpful for people like me who find choosing between priorities sometimes difficult.
It is fair to see ZTD as GTD Lite, which is not to infer that Babauta has infringed on Allen or Covey or the others whose ideas he incorporates. All of them, matter of fact, have built on the shoulders of others.
Overall, "Zen To Done" is one of the more interesting time management books I've seen lately and I am going to give the ZTD method a rigorous try.
in 2012, the wonderful author Geoffrey Elliott fixed this problem and provided an updated Kindle version, including working links to all the missing forms, to me. From what I read here, the Kindle version works great now. And, yes, I enjoyed this book very much; plus: the handy forms! I should have mentioned that. Zen to Done was a very enjoyable and helpful book to me.
2010 review (Kindle version was missing content back then; now repaired)
I wish I had purchased the eBook directly from the author's website. Instead, I paid full price to get a Kindle ebook (which I read on my computer) that has NO links to the promised extensive references, and NO way to find the blank forms he promised. For the same price, elsewhere, I could have had the whole deal. I wish a disclaimer was put on this Kindle site, explaining that you are getting a seriously truncated version of this book. If you are thinking of purchasing this version, think twice. I suggest that you opt for the paper book OR the full-service ebook the author sells elsewhere.
So why "Zen To Done" when the author admits that Allen's GTD is already a great system? It's because sometimes putting GTD into practice is difficult for some people. Therefore, "Zen To Done" is an adaptation of the GTD principles that simplifies them and helps implement the strategies, or habits, at a slower pace. In fact, Babuata says you should work at implementing the 10 habits he shares in "Zen To Done" over a year's time, not all at once. That is one of the difficulties he describes with GTD, that people have trouble with a bunch of habit changes all at once. He also stresses a bit more on doing than he believes GTD does. That and he tried to simplify things to make it easier. So, in a nutshell, "Zen To Done" is a set of ten habits that will help you get organized, simplify your life, get things under control, and actually get things done.
These habits are: 1. Collect. 2. Process. 3. Plan. 4. Do. 5. Simple Trusted System. 6. Organize. 7. Review. 8. Simplify. 9. Routine. 10. Find your passion. The author also shares that implementing ten new habits can be overwhelming and too complicated, so for those that want the simplest system possible, the minimalist version of "Zen To Done" is doing the first four habits: collect, process, plan, and do. With just these four, you can greatly improve your productivity and lesson stress.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Leo share with us a simple and pragmatic way of doing things, he even reduces from ten to four if you're really specific but discusses how the ten practices sum up and make a... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Martin Trejo
A life changing book, nie I can handle everything and still have time for family and hobbiesPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book neatly summarises Leo Babauta's System to get things done towards your life, annual, weekly and daily roles. Always with his zen kind of way.Published 1 month ago by Pedro Pinheiro
Absolutely the useable practical guide to organizing life according to David Allen. Really like this book. It was recommended to me. Now, I recommend it.Published 2 months ago by Linda S. Anderson
This is just a copy paste of his old blog posts that he didn't even bother to proof read. Additionally, it is useless unless you are already familiar with Getting Things Done. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Sage
This shouldn't be a book. The fairly constant rationalizations aside, it is simply copying David Allen's 'Getting Things Done' methodology and trying to claim it something... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Van Dine
Leo Babauta, what can I say? He is a great example of how starting on a small habit for the better can lead to greater things. And in my own way, that's what I've aspired to do. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Delgadillo
Great book have the Kindle version and have ordered the the paper book. Love it, But it took 3 tries for it worked for me. Leo recommend adapting one habit at a time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer