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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
What I like about this "productivity system" is its low-key simplicity. The notion of having as few inboxes and notebooks as possible makes a lot of sense to me, and I'm now using many of the ideas of the "collect" chapter for managing my job. I'm still working on the bits about routines to figure out what works for me in my current job and life.
Most important, this book emphasizes the need to "do." Anyone can buy a notebook and make lists and plans and whatnot, but the problem is more the doing than the planning for so many folk who work for me, as it was for me for a long time.
As you might guess from the rating, though, I have a few issues. First, the booklet waits until rather late -- chapter 9 or 10, perhaps? -- to introduce the issue of "life goals." It seems to me that none of this tome makes sense unless some time has been taken to develop those. Second -- and perhaps this was done in the interests of brevity -- each chapter just seems a few paragraphs incomplete to me, lacking in detail, support, evidence, validation. There are also a few glaring typos and enough infelicitous sentences to make this English teacher cringe.
As a lesser matter, this writer seems to make a lot of assumptions on the part of his reader: that we know about GTD, for example, or about a few other web-based productivity systems.
That said, I'd recommend this book to people who are interested in improving their time management. There are a lot of useful suggestions here worth taking up.
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.