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If You Commit to Nothing, You’ll Be Distracted by Everything: Lessons from the “Marathon Monks”

If You Commit to Nothing, You’ll Be Distracted by Everything: Lessons from the “Marathon Monks”

Here’s the biggest thing I took away from this article:

If something is important to you, complete it. If not, kill it.

As James Clear, the author, comments, we often have many half-finished projects sitting in the backlog of our minds. Too much “soul clutter” can lead to exhaustion. If you can complete them now, do so. If you can’t, but you also can’t bring yourself to kill them, write out somewhere all of those ideas and half-planned or half-finished things that you really do want to do, and get them out of your head. Take a deep breath, and practice single-tasking. You can’t be 100% focused on something if you’ve got more than one ‘something’ in your head. 😉

An Alternative to To-Do Lists for Getting Tasks Done | World of Psychology

An Alternative to To-Do Lists for Getting Tasks Done | World of Psychology.

Instead of thinking about what you should do or even what you need to do, think about what you could do.

5 Easy To-Dos That Keep Your To-Do List Healthy – Fast Company

5 Easy To-Dos That Keep Your To-Do List Healthy

  1. Choose the right tool – Will an App or Sticky Notes or a Notepad work best?
  2. Be in the now – Simplify and focus your tasks. Work it down to actionable items, rather than big goals.
  3. Learn to delegate – If General and later President Dwight D. Eisenhower had to delegate, so do you.
  4. Prioritize and reward – All work and no play…. Split up your tasks with quick rewards. Put them on your list and you’re more likely to do them, and when the time is right.
  5. Plan ahead – Review at the end of your day and plan for the next day. Try to keep far-future tasks and goals out of your daily to-do list. (See number 2)

If you like an analog (paper) to-do list, might I recommend one of my to-do list templates? I’ve also got a context-based list template I’m about to release too!

To-Do and Someday Lists

TLDR; I have made my own lists, which I’ve linked to here (again at bottom):

To-Do List

Someday/Whenever List

I have found that I like paper-based task management for my day-to-day work tasks. I don’t work on my phone, so as much as I love CARROT – my iOS task manager with an attitude – it doesn’t quite feel natural to try and keep up with my work tasks on my phone. Bigger stuff or more personal stuff that I can manage anytime I handle there. Read the rest of this entry »

Find tweetable sentences on any webpage with Save Publishing

Find tweetable sentences on any webpage with Save Publishing

Excellent for quickly tweeting snippets, especially if you don’t care about writing a full blog post like I usually do here.

Pulls up Twitter’s “Write a Tweet” page in a new window, so it’ll also work with Buffer’s extensions.

The Complete Guide to List and To-Do Apps

The Complete Guide to List and To-Do Apps

I have tried a great many of the apps listed here. Right now I’m trying Checkmark, but haven’t had it long enough to form an opinion. I’m also a big fan of Epic Win, and I’m in the process of working on a variation of the RPG-your-life concept, blending EW with Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Way book and Jerry Seinfeld’s calendar trick.

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