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FIVE STEPS

FIVE STEPS
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7 Small Habits That Will Steal Your Happiness “Simply put, you believe that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy.”Wayne Dyer “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”Marcus Aurelius The Complete Flake’s Guide to Getting Things Done Are you smart and motivated and passionate, and have lots of cool things you’d like to get done, but somehow when it comes to doing them, you just . . . don’t? Are you great at ideas but lousy at execution? Talk a good game but don’t get any results? Spend a lot of time thinking about where you want to go, but not much time actually moving your ass down the road that would take you there? You, my friend, are a flake. Congratulations.

Zen To Done (ZTD): The Ultimate Simple Productivity System By Leo Babauta “It’s about the habits and the doing, not the system or the tools.” In order to capture the essentials of being productive & organized, while keeping things as simple as possible, I’ve developed my own productivity system: Zen To Done (ZTD). ZTD captures the essential spirit of the new system: that of simplicity, of a focus on doing, in the here and now, instead of on planning and on the system. Getting Things Done — Universal Principles Getting Things Done, commonly abbreviated GTD, is a method to organize your life and be more productive. It is created by David Allen and first described in a book with the same name. In this post, I don’t intend to describe the method in any detail (see diagram below, though). Instead, I simply want to urge you to give it a read! It’s not too long and a rather easy read.

GTD Cheatsheet – An Intro on the GTD system The system created by David Allen in his popular book Getting Things Done focuses on freeing up your mind’s RAM (or resources). The GTD system simply takes all or our mental and physical “stuff” in our lives and organizes it into a system where we can easily: 1) Act on it or 2) Store it and retrieve it later. 8 Ways to Be Happy and Productive in Your Home Office Working from home is everyone's dream, right? If that's true, then why did 60 percent of the employees who participated in a Stanford University work-from-home experiment opt to go back to corporate HQ? The 2013 study offered a sampling of employees in the air travel and hotel booking industry an opportunity to work from home for nine months. Surprisingly, many of them had a very lonely experience.

GTD Cheatsheet – An Intro on the GTD system The system created by David Allen in his popular book Getting Things Done focuses on freeing up your mind’s RAM (or resources). The GTD system simply takes all or our mental and physical “stuff” in our lives and organizes it into a system where we can easily: 1) Act on it or 2) Store it and retrieve it later. Forget To-Do Lists. Focus on This Instead. Source: PicJumbo. Do you make to-do lists? If so, stop. They don’t work. According to Janet Choi and Walter Chen, 41% of your to-do list items don’t get done and those that do, don’t correlate with what you set out to do. [1] Environmentally Compliant For work, school or home, IdeaPaint CREATE provides a high-performance dry erase surface that erases cleanly every time. IdeaPaint Clear may be applied over any color or smooth surface, allowing for seamless integration of dry erase functionality into existing décors. (CREATE is also available in classic White.) What's in the box * Excluding roller handle & trays Help Guide 1 can of THAT 1 can of THIS 1 Stir Stick

GTD 101: The Beginner's Guide to Getting Things Done Getting Things Done (GTD) is one of the most popular productivity systems out there today, and with good reason. It’s a very effective system for clearing your mind of all inputs so you can focus on the things that are truly important, which in turn allows you to do your best work and get more done. If you constantly feel overwhelmed, GTD’s central concept of capturing everything into a trusted system has the potential to revolutionize your life. Implementing GTD can restore peace and tranquility as everything gets filed orderly into your trusted system instead of the disorder and chaos that comes from just responding to emergencies and putting out fires. In this post, we’ll show you how to reclaim control of your life and accelerate the GTD learning curve for you by covering the basics of GTD and walk you through a couple examples so you can see how to apply it to your life.

6 horizons of focus: • 50,000 ft: Values [typically unchanged] • 40,000 ft: 3-5 years out • 30,000 ft: 1-2 year goals [every 6 months or so] • 20,000 ft: Areas of responsibility & focus [every 3-6 months] • 10,000 ft: Projects [review weekly] • Runway: calendar & next-actions (divided into contexts) [review daily] by type9body Apr 19

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