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Zen To Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System Paperback – July 29, 2008
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About the Author
My name is Leo Babauta, I’m married with six kids, I live on Guam, I’m a writer and a runner and a vegetarian and I love writing.
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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.
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
Sadly there are some typing errors that I found annoying and some of the material was out of date (links to applications for example). Also, I found it odd that he never defines one of his most common phrases "MIT." I assume it means Most Important Task - but he never clarifies! A very small thing to be sure, but just one example of a general lack of polish and professionalism. But this does not detract too much from the main substance of the book - certainly worth the few bucks I paid for the Kindle version.