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Identify the things most important to you. What has the biggest impact? Where is the most long-term impact Needs vs. The first step, identifying the essential is that hard part.
The next part, the simplification is simply getting rid of the rest, all of the non-essentials. Babauta explains that this gets easier the more you do it. By maintaining your focus, you can give all of your time and energy to the most important goals and habits.
By focusing simply on the current task you can eliminate the feeling of overwhelm. No more multitasking Multitasking is something we all do, but none of us do it well. Babauta explains that multitasking is not efficient at all, the energy required to shift from task to task is bigger than you imagine. Multitasking also increases the risk of making errors. Multitasking is not a calm act, and Babuata stresses the importance of trying to find calm in our days, to escape the busyness of the world.
Rather than multitasking, Babauta encourages single-tasking. This is a common tactic from many other productivity authors and specialists. Once this task is out of the way, you can move on to other tasks such as email. But remember, only one at a time. This is another common theme among productivity and habit specialists, no-one ever encourages you to take on many habits at once. The less is more concept is pretty relevant here. The challenge: identify one habit you want to take on.
Write this down as a plan. Publicly reveal your goal. Make sure you report back on your progress. Do this for a month. Once complete, celebrate this is a new habit! Principle 6: Start new habits in small increments to ensure success — by starting in small increments you will be able to maintain focus.
If you are spreading yourself too thin you are likely to struggle and give up early. Also, start with only gradual changes. If you usually consume 4 cups of coffee a day, try to reduce this to 3. Babauta explains that a common habit people want to adopt is waking earlier every morning. This means that your focus is stronger and you are more likely to achieve your goal. When first beginning, Babauta recommends identifying a key goal that will take about month to complete.
Consider making a step-by-step list of how you can achieve your goal, and each step is a mini sub-goal. This way, you only have to focus on one step at a time and everything will feel much more achievable. By achieving steps more regularly your motivation will remain high. Every week, assess your goals and identify what steps you will take each day to reach the end goal.
Breaking your goals down like this will mean that you can keep crossing things off your list and visibly feel like you are making progress. Remember that you need to stick with this goal until it is complete.
Have a clear deadline and understand exactly what it is you want to achieve. Babauta stresses the importance of identifying your most important tasks MITs each day. The goal you should have each day is to complete all three MITs. Anything else you achieve can be considered a bonus. Babauta also recommends having one of your MITs dedicated to your own goal, the other two can be work-related. The best way to ensure that these tasks are achieved daily is to do them first.
Never leave them until the end f the day. But for a lot of people, this can be overwhelming. Babauta actually recommends living in the moment rather than being ruled by a calendar. If you understand your priorities, and only ever have a few MITs and goals going at one time, you should be in a position to make decisions on what work needs to be done and where.
Reducing your tasks is a good way to manage your time better, delegate anything you can and eliminate the unnecessary. Continue to simplify and reduce your tasks. The less you have to do, the less you have to organise.
Babauta also recommends batching tasks together for optimum effectiveness. Many people have multiple email addresses or chat services that deliver messages and information all day. Babauta explains that limiting your inboxes is going to be extremely beneficial in increasing your effectiveness.
Do you really need more than one email address? Consider which sources of messages are the most important and eliminate the rest. Also, only check your emails and messages twice a day, no more. Babauta recommends doing this at 10 am and 4 pm. The best way to do this is from the bottom to the top. Take action on each email, never leave them sitting in the inbox.
Your options are: delete, archive, reply, forward or add to your to-do list. Babauta recommends you use the delete key as much as possible, we often hold on to these kinds of things unnecessarily. Be aware of your internet usage There are three key things you need to consider when it comes to your internet usage. Awareness, consciousness, and focus. Babauta recommends you track your online time to become aware of your usage.
You can use an app or tool to do this. This can identify some of the top ways you are wasting time. Understand why you are using the internet and what your purpose is. Once you have achieved the desired result, disconnect. Finally, focus is critical, you need to be able to work on tasks without distraction and the internet is a huge distraction. Eliminate the risk of distraction by shutting down your browsers and logging off. Plan a set amount of time to work on focused work without the internet.
Babauta stresses the importance of a clear and clean desk. It should be a calm workspace, not a place of chaos. The first step you should take when aiming to clear up your workspace is to establish an organisation system for all of your files and paperwork.
The key to maintaining this system is to never let paper pile up on your desk. Further to that, Babauta recommends reducing paper altogether when possible and storing information online and on your computer. Instead of printing out emails unnecessarily, keep them on the computer in a corresponding filing system. Further to organising your workspace and your desk, you should also declutter your home. You want to keep your home as simple as possible. Having a simple home is beneficial because it is less stressful, easier to maintain and keep clean and is aesthetically pleasing.
Babauta encourages everyone to set aside some time every day to ensure that both the home and workspace is clear. By doing this every day it will never pile up or get out of hand.
Babauta encourages you to reduce your commitments which will free up more of your time so you can focus on your goals. The first step to reducing your commitments is to identify what commitments you currently have, consider work, family, religions, hobbies, home etc.
Establish your most important commitments, no more than and eliminate the rest. Start by eliminating just one at a time and see how you go.
And get comfortable with saying no when new things come up. Babauta believes that a morning routine can be really powerful and set you up for a productive day ahead. He recommends fitting in some exercise, reading or writing first thing. Use the time to wind down and reflect on your day. Again, use this time to engage in a calming activity such as reading or journaling.
We usually have our attention on multiple things at once and are forced to switch between them. Babauta encourages you to slow down and only give your attention to one thing at a time.
Give yourself time to adjust and focus. Working Another thing that we often do at high speed is work. We believe that we need to work faster than ever before so that we can fit more in. Babauta believes that despite what you might think, working slower actually is more effective and can produce better results. By working at a slower pace you are able to focus better, are less likely to make errors and you are more likely to achieve quality results.
Eating How many people eat their breakfast on the run as they get ready for work, or skip it all together?
The Power of Less by Leo Babauta [BOOK SUMMARY & PDF]
Secondly, the narrator has a friendly, encouraging tone. Because the author is just repeating standard advice from all over the place, some of the details are somewhat incorrect e. Given that repeated admonition, I can let the minor weaknesses slide. The recurring theme is how to find the smallest meaningful step today to focus on, so as to make useful long-term system changes.
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