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In my recent poking around several different systems, I've noticed a couple different recurring themes: Reduce input to actionable tasks: Whether it's collecting and processing items in GTD to "close open loops" or moving all emails out of the Inbox in Inbox Zero, the concept is to not deal with multiple To Do lists and projects and sources of information ...
I see most of the answers talk about identifying doable tasks, single-tasking and prioritizing. I think another quite important aspect is review. I think most of the systems (certainly GTD , Pomodoro, Agile in IT) talk about Review. Review is what allows you to learn and course-correct how you are doing things. I think Pomodoro and agile reviews are ...
That's a book by Steven Covey. The important take-away I learned it worry about "quadrant 2", i.e., important but not urgent. It is easy to be caught in the urgent important and urgent not-important and never get to quadrant 2.
Note it down. The palest ink is better than the best memory. — Chinese proverb Freeing your mind is important, as it allows for more focus by reducing how much you interrupt yourself with thoughts and reminders that could be saved for later. By noting it down often and quickly, these reminders and thoughts are stored in a safe place. This ...
I think most of them can be summarized as "Keep a written record of tasks and organize according to some system, then work on one at a time".
Make a list of tasks Determine which task to work on Keep a calendar
Yes, http://weekplan.net does exactly that, it is a mix between 7 habits and GTD. week view (7 habits) weekly goals by role (7 habits) prioritize by importance and urgency (7 habits) store your maybe/someday in lists of tasks (gtd) blocked list (gtd) mission statement editor (7 habits) subtasks (gtd, could be used as the concept of projects in gtd) ...
I would say that any system is going to succeed or fail based on three things: 1) How well does it help you determine what's important to you? 2) How well does it help you plan to advance those things? 3) How well does it keep you organized as you pursue them? Everything else is just best practices.
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