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Zen To Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System [Kindle Edition]

Leo Babauta
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Book Description

Zen To Done takes the best aspects of a few popular productivity systems (Getting Things Done, 7 Habits and others) and combines them with the mandate of simplicity. It makes things as simple as possible, and no more.

Zen To Done is a simple system to get you more organized and productive, and keep your life saner and less stressed, with a set of habits. ZTD teaches you:

* The key habits needed to be productive, organized, and simplified... and no more than that.
* How to implement these key habits... tips on forming a habit.
* How to organize these habits into a simple system that will keep everything in your life in its place.
* How to simplify what you need to do.
* Includes an even simpler version called Minimal ZTD.

Dozens of readers have written to me with comments about how ZTD has changed their lives, made them more organized and less stressed, and has worked better than other productivity systems. It’s definitely worth a try.

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About the Author

Leo Babauta has been a reporter, editor, speechwriter, and freelance writer for the last 17 years. Babauta lives in Guam with his wife and five children, where he posts regularly on

Product Details

  • File Size: 127 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Phatbits, LLC (April 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001970HQU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,566 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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131 of 135 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
David Allen has a near cult following for his Getting Things Done approach to, well, getting things done. I am a sometimes member of that cult, but I keep falling off the GTD wagon. Even David Allen admits to falling off the GTD wagon.

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.

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134 of 143 people found the following review helpful
By Mary
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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. Worse, the Author says at his Zen Habits blog, about why to buy the ebook: "7. Author support. If you have questions about the book or any of the concepts in it, I am available to answer questions. Just email me: zenhabits at the gmail. This in itself would probably be worth twice the price of the book if I charged for my services. :)" I figured he could simply send me a form email, with the links to the forms that are missing from the Kindle version. However, the author no longer uses or responds to email. 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.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective, Simple, Easy Read October 31, 2008
I like this book and the concepts within. I've read or read about all the hot time management and self improvement books. I've always wanted to read them all and distill their simple basics into one action plan. Now I don't have to make the effort. "Zen to Done" has done it for me. I'm implementing one habit at a time, as recommended. I'm even starting a group with my employees to read the book and each of us will tackle our own habit and report back progress and recommendations each subsequent week. The key to this book is flexibility and simplicity. You don't have to move a mountain all at once. One hand full of dirt and rock at a time will do it too. I recommend this book.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good content but disjointed October 11, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I appreciated the concepts that Leo expressed in this book. It is way to easy to allow others to overload the content of your mind and schedule and reduce your effectiveness and quality of life. Leo leads his readers through a practical approach to reducing the number on inputs in their life and uses personal examples which helps explain many of his concepts. My only complaint is that oftentimes as the reader I felt that the book was constantly rehashing the same points over and over again which lead to a disjointed feel and made me feel at times that Leo was trying to fill pages. All in all, well worth the purchase price and my hat is off to Leo who is pursuing his dream and has successfully launched his own career out of it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple productivity system based on Allen's GTD December 27, 2011
"Zen To Done" by Leo Babauta is a simple productivity system based on the principles taught by David Allen in his popular "Getting Things Done" combined with some other strategies the author found useful. The book came about from the author's website, Zen Habits, and I strongly recommend you check out the website to learn more about both the author and his Zen To Done strategies.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy
If you need a quicker and simpler way than Getting Thjngs Done; this is a great alternative. I read it in less than an hour and have started making changes.
Published 18 days ago by bigpapa
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and helpful
It takes the complexity of other time management methods and makes it clear and more simple. Simplicity makes it easier to form as a daily habit. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Tim F
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, simple but astute presentation of an organization system
I have read thru a lot of the Getting Things Done but couldn't make much progress. Too complicated.
I spotted this book at a time when I was thinking about trying GTD again,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ruth Carmona-Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Works pretty well
I started using this method instead of GTD just for simplification. The methodology works just as well as GTD. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Reagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Review of GTD, plus more
Being a fan of GTD, I really appreciate this book and that it expands on the GTD philosophy for those who like more structure.
Published 3 months ago by CLi
1.0 out of 5 stars He takes GTD and simply says "go do it"
Nothing original here. He takes GTD and simply says "go do it" OK. The author is creating his own form of Buddhism, piece by piece giving up things and using this method... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars Copied and pasted from author's blog
I really wish it would have been better communicated that this title is basically just a copy and paste of the author's blog. The content itself is worth about 3. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Works at its best!
The book focuses on a long-term sustainability of production rather than short-term. It actually encourages that you try no more than 2 techniques at once until you've changed a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Arcelli Aracena
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable
ZTD, and the other works done by the author, have contributed greatly in my efforts to get the important things done, focus and minimise the clutter in my life and in my head.
Published 5 months ago by Full Belly God
4.0 out of 5 stars A simpler GTD
I't a good method to try if you find David Allen's GTD too much for you. Easy to apply and to make sure you keep on track. I got results after a couple of days :-)
Published 5 months ago by Dan Luca
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