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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.
For Productivity, go to David Allen's book, 'Getting Things Done'.
Baubauta's blog 'Zen Habits' is worth looking for ... there are good posts there from time to time.
The author explains how he was very disorganized. He became organized by changing his habits. So this book is made up of a list of habits that you can incorporate into your life.
There are actually two systems and I liked the simpler system. Since I don't work in an office a lot of the tasks just don't exist for me. I have no in box on my desk and generally only have a few MITs (most important tasks) to do each day. I do however keep lists of things to do so this book helped me realize what is really important.
This system will work best for someone who runs a business or works in an office setting. There are also a lot of pointers on how to motivate yourself to start tasks that might at first seem overwhelming. To simplify the tasks even more the author advises you not to multitask. He also emphasizes the importance of not procrastinating.
So if you feel like your to do list keeps growing and you are falling behind this book can help you get ahead. Wouldn't you love to feel peaceful at work knowing everything is under control? This book will help you get there if you give yourself time to learn new habits.
~The Rebecca Review
Most if not all the information is available on the authors blog for free, but it's nice a simpler to have it all in one place.
Think of this a a more streamlines GTD, getting things done. Babauta distinguishes ZTD from GTD on a number of issues that he details in an FAQ chapter at the end of the book. This system you will find a little easier to implement to simplify and declutter your personal and business life.
I have been working diligently on de cluttering my personal and business life for years now. I have read so many simplifying and de-cluttering and efficiency books I almost have a clutter problem with all the books on the subject. (Cured that recently too with the Kindle.)
I run three business. One brick and morter and two online. I was getting over four hundred emails a day and was drowning in mail and spam. So I utilized ideas / suggestions from several sources to cure my problems. From the Four Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss we started using detailed faq's lists on our websites and an auto-responder that answered many questions so we would no longer have to reply to as many emails.
For the ones we do answer the questions are predictable and we saved the answers as email drafts that way we just cut and paste and all done.
For the Spam we ran our eight email accounts into one google mail as they have the best spam filters and you can reply from the email address to which the mail was sent so they dont know that anything is happening. And suggestions from the life hacker Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better by Gina Tripani has some interesting ideas for sure.
Keeping your inbox empty we use suggestions from Stress Less and Zen to Done by Leo Babauta and you would not believe how much better you feel when things are under control. But it is you who must Work the system or you will be overwhelmed again.
A much more detailed program is used in Getting Things Done David Allen book, but the above is kind of the simplified version that I currently prefer.
And for just getting rid of all the clutter in your life any of the books from Peter Walsh, How to Organize (Just About) Everything, and Enough Already, are great even though they tend to recover some of the material from his other books somewhat but thats not a big deal since the info is worth repeating. Another good author but she covers pretty much the same thing is Julie Morgenstern.
The books by Koch on the 80/20 principle are also worth looking into. For the paper clutter in my life I have a digital sender scanner and have scanned over four full file cabinets into Adobe PDF computer files. I have done this with pictures too as you can also save them info Jpeg and Jiff files. While there are tons more books out there and I seem to have most of them, these are the best to get things under control and to get you the time to do the things that matter to you.